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Major David Grant’s Identity Disc


Owner: 
South Canterbury Museum
Identifying number: 
2011/175.15

Major David Grant’s Identity Disc

David Grant, the commander of the South Canterbury Infantry Company, was among the first to die at Gallipoli. Before the conflict he ran a butchery in Timaru and, as the commander of the local territorial unit, joined up as soon as war was declared. Grant left his wife Ann and their four children to go to camp in Christchurch before leaving New Zealand in October, 1914. In the confusion of the Gallipoli landing Grant took his men and climbed up a steep gully to attack Baby 700, a crucial hill leading to the heights. Grant and his men charged forward but were met with heavy fire and Grant fell fatally wounded. His body was discovered in the no-man’s-land on the lower slopes of Baby 700 during the cease fire to bury bodies on May 24. This identity disc would have been recovered from his body during that day. Back home in Timaru the loss of Grant devastated his wife, and was keenly felt by her and their children for the rest of their lives.

Date: 
Wednesday, 1 July, 2015