(Service number 40803)

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Date 7 February 1888 Place of Birth Bonhill, Dumbartonshire, Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date 30 October 1916 Age 28 years
Address at Enlistment C. J. Talbot, Fairlie
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin William D. GRANT (father), Hoggbridge, Peebles, Scotland. Also C. J. TALBOT (friend), Tahuna, 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 23rd Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 2 April 1917
Transport Corinthic
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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No information

Prisoner of War Information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Liberation Date


Date 17 September 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date Age
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Grant was born on 7 February 1888 at Bonhill, Dumbartonshire, Scotland, the eldest son of William Downie and Elizabeth (née Angus) Grant. John and his older sister, Elizabeth, were at home with their parents at Arden, Dumbartonshire, in 1891. Both were still at home in 1901, John a scholar, but the family, with four more children, was at “Hoggbridge”, Peebles, Peeblesshire. When John enlisted with the New Zealand Forces on 30 October 1916 at Timaru, he was single and Presbyterian. A farm hand for C. J. Talbot, Fairlie, he named his father as next-of-kin – William D. Grant, Hoggbridge, Peebles. He also recorded his friend – C. J. Talbot, Tahuna, Fairlie.

Private J. Grant embarked with the Canterbury Infantry Regiment of the 23rd Reinforcements, leaving for Plymouth, England, by the “Corinthic” on 2 April 1917. One of 968 men in Returning Draft No. 273, J. Grant, of Fairlie, returned to New Zealand by the “Somerset” which was due at Lyttelton on or about 12 August 1919. He was discharged on 17 September 1919.

His father died on 20 April 1938 at Helensburgh and was buried in St Andrews Cemetery, Peebles. His mother was buried there in 1953, their daughter Elizabeth in 1969 and their daughter Mary in 1905.

What became of John Grant?


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [09 August 2021]; 1891 & 1901 census returns for Scotland ( [12 August 2021]; Otago Daily Times, 6 August 1919 [08 August 2021]

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