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Samuel Alexander Grant

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Samuel Alexander AWMM
  • Surname
    Grant AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 3056 AWMM
    • WWI 15/131 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 3 April 1901 AWMM Khyber Pass, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Napier Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Captain John Grant (father), Khyber Pass, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs S.A. Grant (wife), care of Mrs R.B. Symon, Kingsland Terrace, Kingsland, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 6 April 1901 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 17 April 1915 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • 3056 AWMM
    • WWI 15/131 AWMM
  • Military service
    • No 1 Native Rifles AWMM
    • 1903- Seddon Horse Mounted Rifle Volunteers. Captain and adjutant AWMM
    • 1907 Auckland Infantry Battalion AWMM
    • 1909 Lancashire Fusiliers, 20th Regiment (specialist in Musketry and machine gunner) (England) AWMM
    • 1911 New Zealand Staff Corp: Otago Military District (Instructor in Mounted Duties, Oamaru) AWMM
    • 1914 New Zealand Staff Corps: Otago Military District (Asiistant Quartermaster General, Dunedin) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 8 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      9 stone 7 pounds AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Died three days after amputation Public - Henry - Other Relative - 26 June 2015 - Family history

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Major John Grant (Auckland Militia and Volunteer District) and Mary Murray

      Husband of Margaret Todd Symon Grant(died 16 February 1962, aged 81) , of Turama Road, Onehunga, Auckland.

      1903- Seddon Horse Mounted Rifle Volunteers. Captain and adjutant

      1907 Auckland Infantry Battalion

      1909 Lancashire Fusiliers, 20th Regiment (specialist in Musketry and machine gunner) (England)

      1911 New Zealand Staff Corps: Otago Military District (Instructor in Mounted Duties, Oamaru)

      1914 New Zealand Staff Corps: Otago Military District (Asiistant Quartermaster General, Dunedin)

      New Zealand Service with rank of Lieutenant (28 October 1903 -)

      Boer War "NZ Troops on the Veldt" display in the Auckland War Memorial Museum

      Samuel Alexander Grant -1879-1915

      In February 1901, Samuel was one of 30 men considered competent horsemen to join the group bound for the Boer war. They were provided with Auckland made saddles. As a Lieutenant, Sammy as he was called first left NZ in April 1901 for Africa where he served for 2 years. On his return to NZ he served in the Regular force and went to England for training in musketry and machine gunnery in 1909. In April 1915 he left for Suez and went to Gallipoli and on August 6th he was seriously wounded while rallying his men who were under heavy fire. He was put on a hospital ship where he died of his wounds on 11th August.

      In December 1915 it was reported in the Oamaru Mail that his estate was worth £1323.

      Above biography was transcribed, researched and written by Margaret Nash of Panmure Branch of NZSG

      His father was named John Grant. AWMM
    • Geat, great Uncle of Henry, Alvin and Leo Grant. Public - Henry - Other Relative - 26 June 2015 - Family history
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About death

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  • Death
    11 August 1915 AWMM
    Age 36 AWMM
    at sea AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey AWMM
    • Memorial plaque, Auckland Garrison Officers Club, St Mary's Church (part of Holy Trinity Cathedral ), corner St Stephens Avenue & Parnell Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • also listed on the WWI memorial plaque at St Matthew in the City, Auckland Public - Helen - 11 October 2018 - Church Memorial

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  • Major Samuel Alexander Grant was my Great Great Uncle, Mum's Father, Jack Grant's, Uncle. Growing up I heard stories from my Grand Father about the magnificent deed carried out by Uncle Sam, (as we called him), on the 7th August, 1915, leading the attack of the Auckland Infantry Battalion at Chunuk Bair. I have a copy of the full length photo of the head shot above, the original photo, the MiD certificate, and other items were donated to the Waiouru Military Museum by Mums Brother, Jack Grant. I also have copies of his MiD certificate, his Dress Sword and belt buckle and other items from the Boer War Uncle brought back with him. Last year by sheer chance, I purchased Uncle Sam's named miniature Boer War Medal, and First World War Medals, including the MiD Laurel Leaf. I believe what Uncle did that day and the sacrifice he and others made should never be forgotten. Lest We Forget.
    Public - Christian - Other Relative - 19 July 2015
  • Great, great Uncle Sam, we look up to you in all your glory at Chunnik Bair. I know none as brave as you. You will always be in our hearts. LEST WE FORGET
    Public - Timofey - Other relative - 26 June 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Stowers, R. (1992). Kiwi versus Boer : the First New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 278 AWMM
    • London Gazette AWMM
      Mentioned in Despatches, London Gazette 28 January 1916 (for action, 7 August 1915) AWMM
    • Waite, F. (1919). The New Zealanders at Gallipoli. Auckland, N.Z.: Printed and published under Authority of the New Zealand Government by Whitcombe & Tombs. AWMM
      New Zealanders at Gallipoli by F. Waite , page 215 AWMM
    • Auckland Weekly News AWMM
      Auckland Weekly News , 19 August 1915 , page 21 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM


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19 July 2015ChristianAuckland, New Zealand.Other Relative

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