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Samuel Alexander Grant

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  • Service number
    • 3056 AWMM
    • 15/131 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    • Pre WW1 Lieutenant/Military AWMM
      New Zealand Mounted Rifles, 7th Contingent AWMM
    • Inter War Captain/Military AWMM
      New Zealand Staff Corps AWMM
    • WW1 Major/Military AWMM
      Auckland Infantry Battalion AWMM
  • War
    • South African War, 1899-1902 AWMM
    • Regular Military Service AWMM
    • World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions
Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright res … Read more

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Samuel Alexander AWMM
  • Surname
    Grant AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 3056 AWMM
    • 15/131 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Church of England, Christian AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    17 July 1879 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Thames, Coromandel District, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Thames, Coromandel, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    • South Africa Postal clerk/Civilian AWMM
    • Pre WW1 Clerk AWMM
    • WW1 Soldier/Civilian AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 03 Apr 1901 Khyber Pass, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown Napier Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Captain John Grant (father), Khyber Pass, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs S.A. Grant (wife), care of Mrs R.B. Symon, Kingsland Terrace, Kingsland, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 06 Apr 1901 Single AWMM
    • Pre 17 Apr 1915 Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    • South African War, 1899-1902 AWMM
    • Regular Military Service AWMM
    • World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • 3056 AWMM
    • 15/131 AWMM
  • Military service
    • No 1 Native Rifles AWMM
    • 1903- Seddon Horse Mounted Rifle Volunteers. Captain and adjutant AWMM
    • 1907 Auckland Infantry Battalion AWMM
    • 1909 Lancashire Fusiliers, 20th Regiment (specialist in Musketry and machine gunner) (England) AWMM
    • 1911 New Zealand Staff Corp: Otago Military District (Instructor in Mounted Duties, Oamaru) AWMM
    • 1914 New Zealand Staff Corps: Otago Military District (Asiistant Quartermaster General, Dunedin) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Queen's South Africa Medal (Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 clasps) AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
      Mentioned in Despatches (MID): During the attack on Chunuk Bair on the morning of August 7th this officer performed conspicuous service in rallying men under heavy fire. L.G. 28 January 1916, p1210, WA 22/5/10. AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    • South Africa 3 April 1901 AWMM
      Otago, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre WW1 Unknown AWMM
    • WW1 10 April 1915 AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    • South Africa 21 AWMM
    • WW1 35 AWMM

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    • South Africa Vessel was Gulf of Taranto AWMM
      Lieutenant/Military AWMM
      7 Contingent, 21 Company AWMM
      New Zealand Mounted Rifles, 7th Contingent AWMM
    • WW1 17 April 1915 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM HMNZT 21 or HMNZT 22 or HMNZT 23 AWMM
      Vessel was Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo AWMM
      Major/Military AWMM
      Headquarters AWMM
      4th Reinforcements AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 8 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      9 stone 7 pounds AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Died three days after amputation Public - Henry - Other Relative - 26 June 2015 - Family history

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    • Pre WW1 Lieutenant/Military AWMM
      New Zealand Mounted Rifles, 7th Contingent AWMM
    • Inter War Captain/Military AWMM
      New Zealand Staff Corps AWMM
    • WW1 Unknown AWMM
      Major/Military AWMM
      Auckland Infantry Battalion AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Major John Grant (Auckland Militia and Volunteer District) and Mary Murray

      Husband of Margaret Todd Symon Grant(died 16 February 1962, aged 81) , of Turama Road, Onehunga, Auckland.

      1903- Seddon Horse Mounted Rifle Volunteers. Captain and adjutant

      1907 Auckland Infantry Battalion

      1909 Lancashire Fusiliers, 20th Regiment (specialist in Musketry and machine gunner) (England)

      1911 New Zealand Staff Corps: Otago Military District (Instructor in Mounted Duties, Oamaru)

      1914 New Zealand Staff Corps: Otago Military District (Asiistant Quartermaster General, Dunedin)

      New Zealand Service with rank of Lieutenant (28 October 1903 -)

      Boer War "NZ Troops on the Veldt" display in the Auckland War Memorial Museum
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      Samuel Alexander Grant -1879-1915

      In February 1901, Samuel was one of 30 men considered competent horsemen to join the group bound for the Boer war. They were provided with Auckland made saddles. As a Lieutenant, Sammy as he was called first left NZ in April 1901 for Africa where he served for 2 years. On his return to NZ he served in the Regular force and went to England for training in musketry and machine gunnery in 1909. In April 1915 he left for Suez and went to Gallipoli and on August 6th he was seriously wounded while rallying his men who were under heavy fire. He was put on a hospital ship where he died of his wounds on 11th August.

      In December 1915 it was reported in the Oamaru Mail that his estate was worth £1323.

      Above biography was transcribed, researched and written by Margaret Nash of Panmure Branch of NZSG
      _____________________________ AWMM
    • Geat, great Uncle of Henry, Alvin and Leo Grant. Public - Henry - Other Relative - 26 June 2015 - Family history
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    36 AWMM
  • Date of death
    11 August 1915 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Died of wounds AWMM
  • Place of death
  • Death notes
    At sea, HMHS Dongola ex Gallipoli AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    • Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey AWMM
    • Memorial plaque, Auckland Garrison Officers Club, St Mary's Church (part of Holy Trinity Cathedral ), corner St Stephens Avenue & Parnell Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Memorial reference
    • Panel 72 AWMM
  • Obituary

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  • Major Samuel Alexander Grant was my Great Great Uncle, Mum's Father, Jack Grant's, Uncle. Growing up I heard stories from my Grand Father about the magnificent deed carried out by Uncle Sam, (as we called him), on the 7th August, 1915, leading the attack of the Auckland Infantry Battalion at Chunuk Bair. I have a copy of the full length photo of the head shot above, the original photo, the MiD certificate, and other items were donated to the Waiouru Military Museum by Mums Brother, Jack Grant. I also have copies of his MiD certificate, his Dress Sword and belt buckle and other items from the Boer War Uncle brought back with him. Last year by sheer chance, I purchased Uncle Sam's named miniature Boer War Medal, and First World War Medals, including the MiD Laurel Leaf. I believe what Uncle did that day and the sacrifice he and others made should never be forgotten. Lest We Forget.
    Public - Christian - Other Relative - 19 July 2015
  • Great, great Uncle Sam, we look up to you in all your glory at Chunnik Bair. I know none as brave as you. You will always be in our hearts. LEST WE FORGET
    Public - Timofey - Other relative - 26 June 2015

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19 July 2015ChristianAuckland, New Zealand.Other Relative