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  • Name: John Duncan GRANT
  • D.O.B: 29th Dec, 1877
  • D.O.A: 6th Jul, 1904
  • D.O.D: 20th Feb, 1967
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, 8th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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AWARDS FROM 1902 TO 1914


 On the occasion of the storming of the Gyantse Jong on 6th July, 1904, the storming Company, headed by Lieutenant Grant, on emerging from the cover of the village, had to advance up a bare, almost precipitous, rock-face, with little or no cover available, and under a heavy fire from the curtain, flanking towers on both sides of the curtain, and other buildings higher up the Jong. Showers of rocks and stones were at the time being hurled down the hillside by the enemy from above. One man could only go up at a time, crawling on hands and knees, to the breach in the curtain. Lieutenant Grant, followed by Havildar Karbir Pun, 8th Gurkha Rifles, at once attempted to scale it, but on reaching near the top he was wounded,and hurled back,as wasalso the Havildar, who fell down the rock some 30 feet. Regardless of their injuries they again attempted to scale the breach, and, covered by the fire of the men below, were successful in their object, the Havildar shooting one of the enemy on gaining the top. The successful issue of the assault was very greatly due to the splendid example shown by Lieutenant Grant and Havildar Karbir Pun. The latter has been recommended for the Indian Order of Merit. 

(The London Gazette of 24 January 1905, Numb. 27758, p. 574)

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