About John Gil­droy Grant

Stratford Press - - News -

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.”

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