John Gildroy AWMM
Also known as
John Gilroy AWMM
WWI 10/2950 AWMM
Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
WW1 Pre Jun 1915 AWMM Hawera, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
WW1 Mrs J. Grant (mother), Princess Street, Hawera, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 9 October 1915 AWMM Single AWMM
Medals and Awards
- Victoria Cross (VC) AWMM
In recognition of John Grant's "most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty" shown on 1 September 1918, during his company's attacks on enemy positions that occupied high ground east of Bancourt, France. The platoon he was leading encountered a line of five enemy machine gun posts that formed a formidable obstacle to the advance. He initiated and led successful attacks on these positions. The citation refers to the fact that Sergeant Grant on this and two previous days "displayed coolness, determination and valour of the highest order". (from Grant Anderson's Decorations for outstanding gallantry) AWMM
- 1914-1915 Star AWMM
- British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
- Victory Medal AWMM
- Coronation Medal 1937 AWMM
- Coronation Medal 1953 AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
John Grant returned to New Zealand in 1919 and continued to serve in the Territorials until retiring with the rank of Lieutenant in 1929.
His medals are held by the National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand and Puke Ariki.
Middle name incorrectly spelt as Gilroy in Nominal Roll. AWMM
25 November 1970 AWMM
Age 82 AWMM
Date of death
Age at death
Place of death
Cause of death
Plot 95, Row 9, Soldiers Burial M, Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 26 November 1970 AWMM
Dunedin, Victoria Cross winners' plaque, Queens Gardens, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
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John Gildroy Grant
Public - Nathan John - 9 September 2017
John carpenter by trade;my VC granted eastern Bancourt our raid
This first September,"1918"fives a gunner,i'll clear them between
Follows hasty 'Firsts Battalion' fellow comrade a team!
We are facing their ire obstinate hence
Twenty yards gaining;a victory sensed.
In passing the crest sights barrels fray
My ploy "Gildroy;"overwhelmed fought I slay
Promptly a gauche we round them,accompanied in wade
Of three remnants others,fallen hapless,urged bravely my 'brothers'
Away from these trenches Britain Cambridge I go
A secound lieutenant;upwards an officer I owe
Back to the front,only days encumbered wounds November a blow.
This year now ended 1919,alone from war tried I redeem
My footing 'New Zealand;'soldiers my past I am weaned.
Copyright:N.J.Deller 4/9/17 "Condition of strain emotions pain"
I'm a member of the Eltham Volunteer Fire Brigade on our Hours Board we have R Grant VC as an ex member of our fire Brigade, but we have not got records that tell us the dates he served here can anyone help or know when he lived in Eltham and for what period of time also what work he may have done thank you Dennis
Public - Reginald Dennis - Researcher - 12 April 2015
- The Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, England: This England. AWMM
- New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
Vol1: 277 AWMM
- Auckland Museum Armoury Resource Centre, Biographical vertical file AWMM
- Harper, G., & Richardson, C. (2006). In the face of the enemy: The complete history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand. Auckland, N.Z.: HarperCollins NZ. AWMM
- The New Zealand Herald AWMM
Death Notice: 26 November 1970 AWMM
|09 September 2017||Nathan John||Hettstedt Germany||Other||
|25 June 2017||Jenifer||Wairarapa||Researcher||
|12 April 2015||Reginald Dennis||Eltham South Taranaki||Researcher||
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