No.9584 George Norman Grant
[Listed on RSL Honor Board as Grant, A.N., but correct spelling is Grant, G. N.].
George Norman Grant was born in 1895, in South Melbourne, Victoria, to Donald Grant and Alice Matilda Carroll.
He had 11 siblings:
- Mary Catherine,
- Alice Jeanette,
- Margaret Isabel,
- James Angus,
- Sheila Rebecca,
- John Kenneth,
- Ross McDonald,
- Donald Gordon Keith
George embarked from Melbourne on 28 February 1918 on the HMAT Nestor A71. On his embarkation records it notes that he is a journalist, aged 21, is Single and is in the 3rd Reinforcements of the Tunnelling Companies in January 1918. His address was Laverton, Victoria and his father is listed as his next of kin, his address as Explosives Reserve Laverton, Victoria.
His records were amalgamated into his later service number V147892.
George enlisted into the Army again for World War 2 and his Next of Kin then was his wife Adele Grant. His military service dates are from 1914–1948.
The following information is taken from a document collected for the Tunnelling Companies soldiers that served for their country during World War 1:
At nineteen years and nine months of age George applied to enlist at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, Vic for active service abroad. Being under twenty-one years of age his father gave consent to join the Expeditionary Force on February 26, 1915 and passed the medical examination. Personal details were his height 177cms (5ft 9½ins) and weight of 70.9kgs (156lbs) with a chest expansion of 86-94cms (34-37ins). Complexion was dark with light brown eyes and dark brown hair. Next-of-kin was given as his father Donald Grant of Explosive Reserve, Laverton, Vic.
Basic training commenced as a Private on March 8, 1915 at Broadmeadows Training Depot until April 19 when he was sent to train with the 6th Reinforcements to the 7th Battalion.
Private Grant became ill with measles at Broadmeadows, went into Clearing Hospital 25 May. He was discharged in a fortnight. He had a week's leave and then was taken ill again with pleurisy and pneumonia.
He returned on 16 January to Ascot Clearing Depot and on 24 January 1916 was discharged as medically unfit and not due to misconduct as a result of the pleurisy he had suffered during training.
From that day until 18 February 1918 he served with Home Service as a Staff Sergeant.
On 26 November 1917 he passed the medical examination to enlist for active service abroad. On 19 February 1918 at Seymour, Victoria he enlisted again. His birthplace was given this time as Toronto, Canada.
He was immediately assigned to the Reinforcements to the Tunnelling Companies at Seymour, Victoria and promoted to Acting Sergeant.
At the 1st Depot, Broadmeadows Camp he was appointed Acting Sergeant from 22 February and joined the July Reinforcements on 28 February 1918 and the appointment was terminated.
He departed Melbourne on 28 February aboard the HMAT A71 Nestor. The voyage terminated after fifty-one days at sea at Liverpool, England on 19 April and docked where the disembarking Reinforcements entrained to Tidworth the next day. They marched into the Australian Details No. 3 camp at Parkhouse the same day, 20 April 1918, for further training for the front.
The Reinforcements marched out to the Overseas Training Brigade at Deverill on 13 July 1918 and departed for France from Southampton five days later. The following day entered the Australian General Base Depot at Rouelles for two days before being transferred to Corps Depot camp at Pernois on 23 July.
On 28 July 1918, he was taken on strength with the 2nd Tunnelling Company in the field.
He was with his company when peace was declared and the Tunnelling Companies remained on the front as part of the Army of occupation assisting with rehabilitation of the country by clearing roads and bridges.
He was transferred on 7 January 1919 to the Australian Corps Headquarters on attachment from the 2nd Tunnelling Company and remained until 9 March when he was granted leave to the United Kingdom rejoining on 27 March 1919. He was detached for duty on 29 April and proceeded to A.I.F. Headquarters and reported to Unit records the next day at A.A. Pay Corps. On 1 May, his detachment to the Pay Office, Tidworth commenced and on 7 May he was sent to the No. 4 Group Hurdcott for duty with the Paymaster.
A promotion on 26 June 1919 saw him take the rank of Temporary 2nd Corporal. This rank reverted when he marched out to the Australian Army Finance section in London and remained on duty there until 9 September 1919 where he was granted rank as Hm/2/Corporal and detached from the Australian Corp Headquarters.
The Furlough Depot granted pre-embarkation leave at Sutton Veny on 24 September 1919.
On 6 October 1919 he embarked from Southampton on board the H.T. Pakeha for his return to Australia. The ship docked at Fremantle, Western Australia on 16 November 1919 and he disembarked.
Military discharge was issued in Perth, Western Australia (5th Military District) on 9 December 1919 on the termination of his period of enlistment.
George married Adelle Gibson Taylor in 1920.
They had one daughter, Jeanette born in 1921 in Werribee.
Australia City Directories have George listed as a newsagent and stationer in Werribee from 1922 to 1924. 1925 and 1926 has him still there but with no occupation. George is listed as a journalist in Werribee from 1927 to 1931. In 1933 he is listed again as a newsagent in Werribee.
His mother, Alice, died in Malvern Victoria on 24 March 1941.
His father, Donald, died in Altona, Victoria on 14 June 1944.
Electoral records in 1954 had George and Adelle living at 83 Riversdale Road, Camberwell and in 1963 they were living at 16 Houghton Street, Balwyn.
George died on 28 August 1965, in North Balwyn, aged 70.
Medals and Entitlements:
- British War Medal - 30 September 1924
- Victory Medal - 30 September 1924
From the National Archives:
GRANT George Norman : Service Number - 9584 : Note This record consists of an empty envelope only. The contents have been amalgamated with this person's World War II service documents. The World War II service number is V147892 . Contact Archives Staff for assistance in requesting the amalgamated record
AIF project http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/index.html
National Archives of Australia http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/
Australian War Memorial https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1753514/
Notes found in the web on George Norman Grant:- DOC]SAPPER GEORGE NORMAN GRANT http://www.tunnellers.net/pages/indexpag.html
1915 'PRESENTATION TO EX-OFFICIAL', Winner (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1917), 28 April, p. 6. , viewed 08 Sep 2018,