Gran was a member of the Norwegian Naval reserve. Scott had gone to Norway in preparation for his Antarctic trip on the South-Pole. He was there to obtain information on polar-travel. He met Gran who introduced Scott to Skiing (most Norwegians knew how to ski). He offered Gran a position on his team as a ski instructor.
On return from his Antarctic adventure, Gran trained to become an air pilot. "On 30 July 1914 he became the first pilot to cross the North Sea from Scotland to Norway. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1916 under the pseudonym of Teddy Grant, passing himself off as a Canadian, and received the Military Cross for distinguished war service." (http://tidsskriftet.no/article/126775)
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