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Robert Lamb Crosbie Grant

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Photograph of First Echelon, Divisional Signals. Back row: Captains A. E. Smith, R. L. C. Grant, Lieutenants D. M. Burns, R. Dasler, Second-Lieutenant A. G. Holms, Lieutenant C. G. Pryor. Front row: Lieutenant D. M. McFarlane, Captains J. Feeney, J. Vincent, DCM, MM, Lieutenant-Colonel S. F. Allen, Major G. L. Agar, Lieutenant C. A. Borman, Captain E. L. J. Marshall, Lieutenant N. G. Fletcher. Image kindly provided by New Zealand Electronic Text Collection, from Divisional Signals, The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939–1945. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Photograph of First Echelon, Divisional Signals. Back row: Captains A. E. Smith, R. L. C. Grant, Lie …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Lamb Crosbie AWMM
  • Surname
    Grant AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bobby AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 4542 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 May 1906 AWMM LeestonCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM C/o 72 Linwood Avenue, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs R.L.C. Grant (wife), C/o 72 Linwood Avenue, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) AWMM
      London Gazette 24 August 1944. "Lt-Col. Grant Commanded 2 NZ Divisional Signals during the move to Italy and up to the occupation of the Casterlfrentano area. During this time, owing to the difficult country and severe weather conditions, a great strain has been placed on the Div. Sigs. In maintaining communications. These communications have, under Lt-Col. Grant's able leadership, been fully maintained. By his devotion to duty at all times he has set an example to all those under him and has rendered outstanding service to the division." Beattie and Pomeroy, p.119 AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) Twice AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • OC 1 Coy Div Sigs 1940-41, 1943; HQ Coy 1942; 2 i/c Corps Sigs WDF Aug-Sep 1940; CO Creforce Sigs May 1941; comd Sig School Base Dec 1941-Apr 1942, Apr-May 1943; CO Div Sigs 21 Sep-26 Nov 1942, 4 Jun-29 Dec 1943, 27 Mar-28 May 1944, 28 Jun 1944-17 Jan 1945; OC NZ Corps of Sigs 4 Jun-29 Dec 1943, 19 Mar 1944-17 Jan 1945; CSO NZ Corps 19-27 Mar 1944; served in United Nations Military Observer Group, Pakistan

    He was part of a team of soldiers who buried Don McKenzie (35122) in Egypt in 1942. The soldiers in the team were Captain Bobby (Robert) Grant (4542), Sergeant Snow (Herbert) Johnson (4648), Signalman Frank Green (45711), Harry Grey (35119). The New Zealand Herald carried the story in relation to Harry Grey in Anzac week 2006 - see 25 April 2006 and a follow-up on 6 May 2006. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    1972 AWMM
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Births, Deaths and Marriages (New Zealand) Historical Records online
    https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 69 AWMM
    • Borman, C. (1954). Divisional Signals. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. and Pomeroy, M.J. (2016). Gallant Acts and Noble Deeds: New Zealand army honours and awards for the Second World War. Auckland, N.Z.: Fair Dinkum Publications.; P.J. Beattie and M.J. Pomeroy, 2016. AWMM
      p.119 AWMM

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