This is a silent film record of the civic reception of returning World War I hero, Lieutenant John Grant. The Hawera builder won a Victoria Cross aged 28 for raiding several German machine-gun 'nests' — by leaping into them — near Bapaume, France on 1 September 1918. Grant's citation noted he "displayed coolness, determination and valour". Grant is wearing the NZ Army's 'lemon squeezer' hat as he plants a tree and poses for portraits in front of the crowds, and receives the supreme award for battlefield bravery given to Commonwealth servicemen.
...Grant displayed coolness, determination and valour of the highest order...– From Grant's Victoria Cross citation
Information and images of John Grant, Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database
John Grant described in article about NZ VC winners, as profiled in book In the Face of the Enemy, April 2006 NZ Herald
NZ History entry on Grant and other Kiwi Victoria Cross winners