Major General Harold William Grimwade

Ranks Held Brigadier General, Colonel, General, Lieutenant Colonel, Major General, Temporary Brigadier General
Birth Date 18 May 1869
Death Date 02 January 1949
Final Rank Major General
Service Australian Imperial Force
Units
  • Staff
  • Australian Corps
  • 3rd Australian Division
  • Artillery
  • 3rd Australian Divisional Artillery
  • Royal Australian Artillery
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-11-07
Published in London Gazette in 1917-06-01
Published in London Gazette in 1918-06-03
Published in London Gazette in 1918-05-28
Published in London Gazette in 1917-12-28
Published in London Gazette in 1918-12-31
Published in London Gazette in 1917-06-04
Published in London Gazette in 1919-01-07
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-10-24
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-04-18
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-05-23
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-05-23
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-10-04
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-10-04
Description

Harold William Grimwade was born at St Kilda, Melbourne, on 18 May 1869 to Frederick Sheppard and Jessie Taylor (nee Sprunt). He attended Melbourne Grammar School before moving on to the Queen Elizabeth School at Ipswich, Essex, England. Grimwade subsequently served an apprenticeship in London and returned to Melbourne as a qualified pharmacist. He joined the Victorian Field Artillery in 1891, and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel on 16 May 1910.
In August 1914, Grimwade was appointed chief embarkation officer for the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in Victoria. He embarked from Australia on board HMAT Wiltshire on the 18 November 1915, and arrived at the Suez Canal in Egypt on 15 December 1915, too late to join the Gallipoli campaign. He, along with his unit trained in Egypt until March 1916 when the unit moved to France. On 10 July 1916, he was promoted to colonel, appointed temporary brigadier general and was given command of the 3rd Australian Divisional Artillery.
During 1917 and 1918 Grimwade was highly decorated for ‘services rendered in connection with military operation in the field. This included a Special mention in Sir Douglas Haig’s Despatch in April and November of 1917, a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in June of 1917, and a Companion of the Order of the Bath in June of 1918.
In November of 1918, after the Armistice, Grimwade was made General Officer Commanding Royal Artillery, a position he relinquished at the end of January 1919. He returned to Australia in June 1919 via the United States, and his appointment with the AIF was terminated on 24 August 1919.
From 1926 to 1930 he was General Officer Commanding the 4th Division of the Australian Military Forces (AMF). After his AMF service he was a member of the Felton Bequest committee and a director of several companies including Australian Consolidated Industries Ltd and Felton Grimwade & Duerdins.
Harold William Grimwade died on the 2 January 1949 at his home Marathon in the Melbourne suburb of Frankston.

Rolls

  • First World War Embarkation Roll:

    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    3rd Australian Divisional Artillery
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Colonel
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    3rd Australian Divisional Artillery
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier General
    London Gazette
    07 January 1919 on page 313 at position 4
    Commonwealth Gazette
    23 May 1919 on page 893 at position 33
  • First World War Nominal Roll:

    Unit
    3rd Australian Divisional Artillery
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Brigadier General
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    3rd Australian Division
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Colonel
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    3rd Australian Divisional Artillery
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Colonel
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    Staff
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier General
    London Gazette
    01 June 1917 on page 5419 at position 18
    Commonwealth Gazette
    04 October 1917 on page 2622 at position 40
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    Staff
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier General
    London Gazette
    28 May 1918 on page 6200 at position 20
    Commonwealth Gazette
    24 October 1918 on page 2055 at position 36
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    3rd Australian Division
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Colonel
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    3rd Australian Division
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    General
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    Staff
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier General
    London Gazette
    31 December 1918 on page 15225 at position 32
    Commonwealth Gazette
    23 May 1919 on page 878 at position 56
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    Australian Corps
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Colonel
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    3rd Australian Divisional Artillery
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Colonel
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    Royal Australian Artillery
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier General
    London Gazette
    28 December 1917 on page 13563 at position 27
    Commonwealth Gazette
    18 April 1918 on page 841 at position 31
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    Staff
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier General
    London Gazette
    03 June 1918 on page 6452 at position 1
    Commonwealth Gazette
    07 November 1918 on page 2110 at position 2
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    Artillery
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    Staff
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier General
    London Gazette
    04 June 1917 on page 5459 at position 5
    Commonwealth Gazette
    04 October 1917 on page 2626 at position 9

Timeline

Date of birth 18 May 1869
Date of enlistment 26 August 1915
Date of embarkation 18 November 1915
Date of recommendation honour or award 06 March 1917
Date of recommendation honour or award 04 March 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 21 September 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 27 September 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 30 September 1918
Date returned to Australia 27 February 1919
Date of death 02 January 1949