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Hinga Grant

Lance-Corporal H. Grant, of Rotorua, awarded the Military Medal (MM)

Lance-Corporal H. Grant, of Rotorua

Kāore i te mōhiotia mēnā he aukatinga manatāura

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Hinga AWMM
  • Surname
    Grant AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Hingawaru Oswald Grant Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 7 May 2016 - http://www.28maoribattalion.org.nz/soldier/hinga-grant
  • Service number
    65184 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
    • Iwi Māori AWMM
    • Arawa Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 7 May 2016 - http://www.28maoribattalion.org.nz/soldier/hinga-grant
  • Hapū
  • Waka
    Te Arawa AWMM
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 July 1921 AWMM MoureaRotorua AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Mourea, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Mourea, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs L. Grant (mother), Mourea, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs L. Grant (mother), Mourea, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    22 July 1943 AWMM
    In the attack on Takrouna on the night of 19/20 April 1943, Pte-Grant was a member of the small party which stormed the fort crowning the village. Throughout the action he showed outstanding courage and dash. On the morning of 22 April 1943 he led a small party along the western slope and captured approximately fifty prisoners from well dug-in positions. During the whole two days struggle he repeatedly guided reinforcements into the positions, constantly exposing himself with regard for danger and became established in the hazardous position of official guide. (L.G. 22/7/1943 (I)) The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Grant, Hinga. (Ref. WO 373/25/479). Military Medal. 22 July 1943 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Lieutenant H. Grant, MM; Rotorua; born Mourea, Rotorua, 9 Jul 1921; chainman; twice wounded. (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p.300.)

    'It was agreed to separate and attack from two directions, Rogers from the right and Manahi from the left; or, more precisely, from the east and south-west. Almost as soon as they showed themselves a green flare from the enemy position brought a shower of mortar bombs, but the Maoris dashed from rock to rock strewed on the base of the hill and grenaded, bayoneted, and shot their way through the system of defensive pits in front of Takrouna until they were above and behind the enemy. Lt H. Grant, MM; Rotorua; born Mourea, Rotorua, 9 Jul 1921; chainman; twice wounded.

    By this time dawn was breaking and the shooting was good; three tiers of rifle pits stretched from the 21 Battalion area to a bulge on the eastern side of the feature and the occupants were sitting shots for the Maoris behind them. White flags began to flutter and Manahi sent Hinga Grant down to expedite the surrender. He rounded up sixty Italians and escorted them away from the war. Lieutenant H. Grant, MM; Rotorua; born Mourea, Rotorua, 9 Jul 1921; chainman; twice wounded.; Bardia to Enfidaville - The parties set off just before daybreak and found that the slopes were occupied. They gradually worked their way up the hill, running for shelter from rock to rock, and firing on enemy positions. By first light they were halfway up the slope and able to fire down into what turned out to be deep fighting pits, and soon convinced the enemy that they had the upper hand in more ways than one. Italians, their pits now exposed, showed signs of surrendering, and Private Grant alone rounded up some sixty prisoners. Even though daylight had come they pushed on, and little by little reached the ‘ledge’, the last twenty feet being up an almost sheer rock face. To climb this they made good use of bunches of telephone cables running to the abandoned enemy positions below. From the ledge they occupied the maze of buildings on the ‘pinnacle’, which surprisingly enough was not specifically defended, and their movements round the pinnacle resulted in the capture of a German artillery observation officer and his wireless operator.' (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p. 300.; 'Stevens, W.G. Bardia to Enfidaville. p. 327.) AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
    28 October 1963 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 7 May 2016 - Rotorua Cemetery Records
  • Age at death
    42yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 7 May 2016 - Rotorua Cemetery Records
  • Place of death
    Rotorua, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 7 May 2016 - Rotorua Cemetery Records
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Rotorua Cemetery, Rotorua Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 7 May 2016 - Rotorua Cemetery Records
  • Grave reference
    024-6-RSA-226 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 7 May 2016 - Rotorua Cemetery Records
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Memorials

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Sources

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  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 4: WW2 135 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1950). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 16 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1946 to 30th June, 1948). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 16: WW2 49 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.300, 426, 483. AWMM
    • Stevens, W.G. (1962). Bardia to Enfidaville. Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.327. AWMM
    • Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! : Forever brave! : B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion, 1939-1945. Auckland : Bateman Books. AWMM
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