Maj. Samuel Alexander Grant

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Maj. Samuel Alexander Grant

Birthplace: Thames, Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand
Death: August 11, 1915 (36)
Sea x Gallipoli, (Buried at Sea) (World War I: Died of Wounds (three days after amputation))
Place of Burial: [Panel 72], Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli, Çanakkale, Turkey
Immediate Family:

Son of Maj. John Grant and Mary Grant
Husband of Margaret Todd Grant

Occupation: Postal Clerk | ew Zealand Mounted Rifles, 7th Contingent | Auckland Infantry Battalion
Find A Grave ID: 56800169
Service No: WWI 15/131
Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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Immediate Family

About Maj. Samuel Alexander Grant

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. 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 on 11th August three days following amputation. In December 1915 it was reported in the Oamaru Mail that his estate was worth £1323.

  • No 1 Native Rifles
  • 1903- Seddon Horse Mounted Rifle Volunteers. Captain and adjutant
  • 1907 Auckland Infantry Battalion AWMM
  • 1909 Lancashire Fusiliers, 20th Regiment (specialist in Musketry and machine gunner) (England)
  • 1911 New Zealand Staff Corp: Otago Military District (Instructor in Mounted Duties, Oamaru)
  • 1914 New Zealand Staff Corps: Otago Military District (Assistant Quartermaster General, Dunedin)
  • New Zealand Service with rank of Lieutenant (28 October 1903 -)
  1. Queen's South Africa Medal (Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 clasps)
  2. 1914-1915 Star. Mentioned in Despatches (MID): During the attack on Chunuk Bair on the morning of August 7th this officer performed conspicuous service in rallying men under heavy fire. L.G. 28 January 1916, p1210, WA 22/5/10.
  3. British War Medal (1914-1920)
  4. Victory Medal


  1. Cenotaph:
  2. New Zealand and World War One Roll of Honour: / Ref 9.4.2021
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Maj. Samuel Alexander Grant's Timeline

July 18, 1879
Thames, Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand

Birth Registration Number: (reg. 1879/16482). 18 July 1879.

August 11, 1915
Age 36
Sea x Gallipoli
August 11, 1915
Age 36
Gallipoli, Çanakkale, Turkey