John Gildroy Grant
Recipient of the Victoria CrossDied when: 81 years 91 days (974 months)
Star Sign: Virgo
John Gildroy Grant, VC (26 August 1889 – 25 November 1970) was a soldier in the New Zealand Military Forces during the First World War.
He was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry "in the face of the enemy" that could be awarded at the time to British and Commonwealth forces.
Born in Hāwera, Grant was a builder when he volunteered in June 1915 to serve in the First World War with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF).
He was posted to the 1st Battalion of the Wellington Regiment which began its service on the Western Front in 1916.
It was on 1 September 1918, during an engagement at Bancourt, France, that he attacked two machine-gun posts, which led to him being awarded with the VC.
He ended the war as a second lieutenant.Discharged from the NZEF, he returned to civilian life and then joined the Territorial Force.
In his later years, he struggled to hold down regular employment due to the effects of what was most likely post-traumatic stress disorder.
He died in 1970 at the age of 81.