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William Edward Grant

Portrait, New Zealand Herald, 4 February 1932 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, New Zealand Herald, 4 February 1932 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Grant AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill AWMM
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 October 1905 AWMM Newcastle-upon-TyneEngland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    No 2 FTS, Digby 1929 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Soldier/Military AWMM
    EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

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
    Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died of illness AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William Grant was the son of William Edward and Gertrude Isabella Grant (nee Rowntree), of Mission Bay, Auckland. Brother of Veronique.

    He arrived with his family in New Zealand aged 8 years. Then attended Napier Boy's High School, where he was a prefect and captain of the rugby and cricket teams. He won prizes for excellence in the scientific display, as light weight champion in boxing and also as a cadet in shooting.

    In the Royal Air Force he continued winning championship medals for boxing and shooting and also in rowing. The newspaper reported he won the welter weight boxing championship for the RAF almost ayear after he joined.

    Three brothers died in service: William Edward Grant, died of illness on the 2 February 1932 while serving with the Royal Air Force; Ian Allan Charles Grant (NZ391351) killed on 13 February 1943 and Reginald Joseph Cowan Grant (NZ421969) was killed on the 28 February 1944.

    The Reg & Ian Grant Memorial Cup was presented to Mount Albert Grammar School, Auckland by the father and sister of Wing Commander R.J.C. Grant and Flying Officer I.A.C. Grant

    His medals, photographs and other papers are held in the Mackrell Collection, Auckland War Memorial Museum AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2 February 1932 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    BuckinghamshireEngland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 4 February 1932 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Mackrell, B. (n.d.). Papers. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS 2003/107. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Vol. 1 p. 57; Vol. 1 p. 57, vol. 3 p. 216 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Obituary: 4 February 1932 AWMM

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