Captain Robert Cuthbert Grieve

Ranks Held Captain, Lieutenant
Birth Date 1889-06-19
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Brighton
Death Date 1957-10-04
Death Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Final Rank Captain
Service Victoria Cross
  • 37th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 37th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1917-08-02
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-12-20

Robert Grieve (1889-1957) won the Victoria Cross in his battalion's first big action. Firepower, clever planning, and bold action made the attack a notable success. During the action Grieve's company suffered heavy casualties and was held up. Despite intense fire from two machine-guns, Grieve made a single-handed attack on both, killing their crews. He then led his men on to the objective, fighting until he was wounded.

Returning to Australia, he married the army nurse who had cared for him. Grieve later resumed a business career, but served in the Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War.



Date of birth 19 June 1889
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1915 37th Battalion.
Date of enlistment 16 June 1915
Date commissioned 17 January 1916 Appointed to Second Lieutenant.
Date promoted 01 May 1916 Appointed to lieutenant.
Date of embarkation 03 June 1916
Date promoted 09 April 1917 Promoted to captain and given command of A Company.
Date of honour or award 07 June 1917 Awarded the Victoria Cross.
Date wounded 07 June 1917
Date of recommendation honour or award 16 June 1917
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918
Date returned to Australia 08 April 1918
Date returned to Australia 08 April 1918
Date of discharge 28 June 1918
Date of death 04 October 1957