Captain Robert Grieve’s Victoria Cross was on display in his old school library when a fire tore through it in 1989. The medal survived and, remarkably, was found among the ashes.
The medal, which had been scorched in the blaze at his beloved Wesley College and was found by the then deputy principal Alan Storen, is one of the latest three First World War Victoria Crosses to go on display at the Australian War Memorial as part of the Victoria Cross centenary project.
Memorial Director Brendan Nelson said the loan of the medals awarded to Captain Robert Grieve, Lieutenant Clifford Sadlier, and Sergeant Lewis McGee took the number of Australian Victoria Crosses on display in the Hall of Valour to 82.
“We’re very proud of these men,” Dr Nelson said. “We’re proud of the stories that are behind them and we’re very proud to be able to exhibit these three Victoria Crosses here at the Australian War Memorial.”