Eldrick Stuart ("Larry") GRANT

GRANT, Eldrick Stuart

Service Number: NX14254
Enlisted: 7 May 1940
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Charleville, Queensland, Australia, 26 March 1919
Home Town: Canowindra, Cabonne, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in Action, Kumawa, New Guinea, 9 October 1943, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
Cemetery/memorial reference: AA. B. 8., Lae War Cemetery, Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Canowindra Memorial Park, Canowindra RSL Honour Roll
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Corporal, NX14254
7 May 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, NX14254, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
7 May 1940: Enlisted NX14254
30 Nov 1940: Involvement NX14254, 2nd/4th Infantry Battalion, Libya/North Africa
5 Apr 1941: Involvement NX14254, 2nd/4th Infantry Battalion, "Operation Lustre" Greece 1941
1 Aug 1942: Involvement NX14254, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion, El Alamein
9 Oct 1943: Involvement Corporal, NX14254, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion, New Guinea - Huon Peninsula / Markham and Ramu Valley /Finisterre Ranges Campaigns

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Biography contributed by Jeffrey Crisdale

Corporal Eldrick Stuart "Larry" Grant was a Section leader of 10 Platoon, "B" Company, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion. He was mortally wounded by a Japanese "Woodpecker" heavy machine gun, while leading his section in an assault up a steep, heavily defended hill near Jivevaneng, New Guinea. 

(Source: Page 252 of the publication "A History of 2/17 Australian Infantry Battalion 1940-1945)