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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 26/08/1889 Hawera, New Zealand. d. 25/11/1970 Auckland, New Zealand

 

As a 29 year old sergeant in the 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force during the First World War when he performed a deed for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

 

VC ACTION

 

On 1 September 1918 near Bancourt, France, the leading waves of the battalion on reaching a crest of high ground, found that a line of enemy machine-gun posts offered a serious obstacle to further advance. The company, however, advanced against these posts under point-blank fire, and when about 20 yards (18 m) away Sergeant Grant, closely followed by a comrade, rushed ahead of his platoon, entering the centre post and demoralising the garrison so that the platoon were able to mop up the positions. In the same manner he rushed the post on the left and the remaining posts were quickly occupied and cleared by his company.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: QEII ARMY MEMORIAL MUSEUM, WAIOURU, NZ.

BURIAL PLACE: GOLDERS CEMETERY, WAIKUMETE, NEW ZEALAND.

BLOCK M, SECTION 9, PLOT 95

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John Gildroy Grant VC

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Grant (on right) with Harry Laurent VC and Leslie Andrew VC

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27th November 1918

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