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Alexander Grant

Full length studio portrait.

Alexander (Aleck) Grant in full Scottish uniform.

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Identity

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  • Forenames
    Alexander AWMM
  • Surname
    Grant AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 67741 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 April 1896 AWMM
  • Date of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 29 Picton Avenue, Wellington AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs M Grant (mother), 29 Picton Avenue, Wellington AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 67741 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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    WW1 Clerk/Civilian AWMM
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Did not embark overseas AWMM
    • Rifleman Alexander (Aleck) Grant
      Service Number 67741
      44th Reserve Battalion, C Company, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
      He was the 4th son of James Alexander Grant, of Scottish heritage, and Marie-Lucie Clolus who was born in France. When his father James met Marie-Lucie in Wellington she had been married to a Samuel Whiteside who had left her destitute with five children. James supported Marie-Lucie and her children and together added to the family with 3 more girls and 5 boys: Christina, James, William, Joseph, Aleck, Jessie, Victor and Annie.
      Aleck enlisted in September 1917 but was in poor health with heart and lung problems. His father wrote a covering letter informing that his son has always been in delicate health with a constant cough. He served at the camp at Teherenikau and was treated for his conditions, remaining in New Zealand until November 1918.
      After the war he married Eleatha Marshall in 1924, and had two children, Alexander in 1925 and Garry Grant in 1939. In the 20s Aleck and Aleatha ran the Savoy Hotel, off Courteny Place, and later, the Stella Maris guest house in Majoribanks Street. Their eldest son, Alexander Grant, studied ballet in Wellington, went to England in 1945 and had many roles in ballet productions. He toured New Zealand with Dame Margot Fonteyn and the Royal Ballet in 1959 and again in 1964 with the Royal NZ Ballet. Alexander received a CBE in 1965. Garry Grant later joined the company in New Zealand then had a successful dance career in England.
      Aleck Grant managed to live a long life and died in 1986, aged 90 years.
      Two of his brothers also enlisted. William Grant, No 13753, 3rd NZ Rifle Battalion, served in France and returned in 1917. James Grant, No 20140, 2nd Battalion, F Company, NZRB was killed on 11 August 1917, near Ypres, Belgium. Public - Steve - Other relative - 22 April 2022 - Military documents, family papers.
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22 April 2022SteveWellington, New ZealandOther relative

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