Samuel Harold Krantz

Alias in 1919 changed surname to Grant

Born 6.02.1888

Place Odessa, Ukraine

Ethnic origin Jewish

Religion Jewish

Father Solomon-Izrail Krantz

Mother Sarah-Rivka Meiman


Jeanetta Krantz (nee Loffman), married 1916 in Perth; daughters Zelda and Sonia


Brother Albert Krantz

Arrived at Australia
from Russia with Albert Krantz
on 1.02.1905
per Bremen
disembarked at Adelaide

Residence before enlistment Broken Hill, NSW, Norseman, Perth, WA

Occupation 1916 hotel employee, 1937 draper

service number 2281
enlisted 28.02.1916
POE Perth
unit 43rd Battalion
rank Private, Lance Corporal
place Western Front, 1917-1918
casualties WIA 1918
awards 31.08.18 MM (LG 21/10/1918)
final fate RTA 21.06.1919
discharged 10.09.1919

Naturalisation 1914

Residence after the war Perth

Died 7.02.1942, Perth


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised recommendation for award (AWM)

Biographical file (AWM)

Assistance and medical file (NAA)

*/ Family Tree on

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From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

At the battle [for Hamel, 1918] Samuel Harold Krantz, a Jewish man from Odessa, who worked in a Perth hotel, set an example of 'bravery and initiative' to his platoon, for which he was awarded the Military Medal. During the attack on Hamel, his commanding officer wrote, 'part of our line was held up by enemy Machine Gun. With the assistance of an American N.C.O. Krantz rushed the post, killed the gun crew and captured the gun. He showed an utter disregard for his personal safety as the enemy gun continued to fire until he was nearly up to it.' Krantz was promoted to lance-corporal on 26 August but on the same day received a wound in the mouth, at Susanne on the advance to Péronne.

Newspaper articles

Draper arrested on uttering charge. - The Daily News, Perth, 22 December 1937, p. 2

Business manager charged. - The West Australian, Perth, 6 January 1938, p. 8

Jury retires as court argues on uttering. - The Daily News, Perth, 8 February 1938, p. 2

Point of law upsets charge of uttering. - The Daily News, Perth, 8 February 1938, p. 3

Direction to acquit. - The West Australian, Perth, 9 February 1938, p. 16