GRANT, James William
(Service number 57886)

First Rank Gunner Last Rank


Date 20 March 1879 Place of Birth Dunedin

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Grays Hills, Burkes Pass
Occupation Sheep farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs Marion Lorna GRANT (wife), Grays Hill Station, Fairlie
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 36th Reinforcements, Field Artillery
Date 23 April 1918
Transport Willochra
Embarked From Destination Southampton, Hampshire, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Sheep farmer


Date 19 June 1969 Age 90 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated Salisbury Park Crematorium, Timaru; ashes interred Burke's Pass Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

James William Grant, known as Hamish, was born on 20 March 1879 at Dunedin, the elder son of Scottish-born Alexander and Helen (Ellen) Lindsay (née Banks) Grant. James may have resided with his aunt in Dunedin and attended Caversham School for a time. In 1910 at Timaru, his sister, Jessie Christie Grant, married Rodolph Lysaght Wigley who established the Mount Cook Motor Service, later to become the Mount Cook Company; their six children were the only grandchildren of Alexander and Ellen. His younger brother, Alexander Drummond Grant, died in Dunedin at the age of ten. Alexander Grant purchased Grays Hills Station in the Mackenzie Country in 1881. On retiring, Alexander and Ellen built a home in 1908 in Timaru – “Aigantighe”, Alexander dying there in 1920. When his mother died in 1955 at the age of 101, James presented the “Aigantighe” home and gardens to the people of Timaru for an art gallery, as was her wish and the wish of her daughter Jessie Wigley.

James William Grant became a partner in Grays Hills in 1908 and put in a manager when he enlisted in 1917. He married Marion Lorna Guthrie (Lorna) on 12 April 1916 at Christchurch. When James and Marion retired to Timaru,they acquired “The Croft”, bequeathing the homestead to the Presbyterian Social Services Association. James William Grant died on 19 June 1969 at Timaru, aged 90 years. He was cremated at Saisbury Park Crematorium, Timaru, and his ashes interred at Burke’s Pass Cemetery. “Of a retiring disposition, Mr Grant devoted a great deal of his time to his favourite hobby – philately. . . . . In July 1955 he won the Dominion’s premier award, the grand championship gold medal for New Zealand stamps, . . . . Mr Grant was a lover of trees - . . . .. Mr Grant held a deep interest in the Presbyterian Church.” [Timaru Herald, 20 June 1969]. Marion Lorna Grant died on 30 January 1972.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [14 July 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [14 July 2020]; Salisbury Park Crematorium record [15 July 2020; Burkes Pass Cemetery headstone transcription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [15 July 2020]; Timaru Herald, 22 April 1916 (Papers Past) [17 July 2020]; Timaru Herald, 20 June 1969

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