About John Gildroy Grant
Grant was born in Hawera in 1889 and prior to World War I worked as a builder and contractor.
He enlisted in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force on June 14, 1915 and embarked for Egypt with the 7th Reinforcements to the NZEF in October.
He joined the Taranaki Company of the 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment in France in 1916.
After two years of fighting in Belgium and France he rose to the rank of Sergeant.
On September 1, 1918 he was in command of a platoon during an attack on Bancourt Ridge.
“On reaching the crest, it was found that a line of five enemy machine-gun posts were a serious obstacle to further advance.
“When about 20 yards from the posts, Sergeant Grant rushed forward ahead of his platoon and with great dash and bravery entered the centre post, demoralising the garrison and enabling the men of his platoon to mop up the position.
“In the same manner he then rushed the post on the left, and the remaining posts were quickly occupied and cleared. Throughout the operation Sergeant Grant displayed coolness, determination and valour of the highest order and set a splendid example to all.”