Biography

Birth date: 19 June 1889
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Brighton
Death date: 04 October 1957
Death place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Final rank: Lieutenant
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 37th Australian Infantry Battalion

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.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 03 June 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 37th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 37th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 37th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 37th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Photograph

C04970

Armoured cars of the Royal Armoured Cars Division at Matruh, in Western Egypt. The unit was commanded by the Duke of Westminster, and one of its services was the relief of the survivors of the Tara torpedoed off the coast. The cars performed valuable work in operating again the Senussi Tribesmen.

C04970

J03075

1927-04-25. AUSTRALIAN VICTORIA CROSS (VC) WINNERS WHO TOOK PART IN THE ANZAC DAY MARCH IN MELBOURNE, WAITING TO ENTER THE EXHIBITION BUILDING, WHERE A COMMEMORATION SERVICE WAS HELD. LEFT TO RIGHT: CAPTAIN R.C. GRIEVE, 2ND LIEUT W. RUTHVEN, CAPT J.E. NEWLAND, 2ND LIEUT J. HAMILTON, LIEUT. A....

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J03076

MELBOURNE, AUS. 1927-04-25. AUSTRALIAN VICTORIA CROSS (VC) WINNERS WHO TOOK PART IN THE 1927 ANZAC DAY MARCH. IN THE BACKGROUND ARE THE KING'S AND REGIMENTAL COLOURS OF THE A.M.F. BATTALIONS AND REGIMENTS. LEFT TO RIGHT:- CORPORAL (CPL) B.S. GORDON MM, CPL T.L. AXFORD MM, CPL J. CARROLL, SERGEANT...

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P00997.023

CAPTAIN ROBERT CUTHBERT GRIEVE VC, COMMANDING OFFICER 'A' COMPANY, 37TH BATTALION, ON BOARD A SHIP.

P00997.023

P02939.021

Informal outdoors portrait of Captain (Capt) Robert (Bob) Cuthbert Grieve VC, 37th Battalion shaking hands with a convalescing soldier who is wearing a bathrobe and on crutches. Capt Grieve was awarded the Victoria Cross for "most conspicuous bravery" on 7 June 1917 at Messines, Belgium. During an...

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MR. R.C. GRIEVE, VC, (1), WHO WON THE VC AT MESSINES, BELGIUM IN 1917-06, AMONG THE GATHERING ATTENDING A SHORT SERVICE AT THE SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE.

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H00038

Studio portrait of Captain Robert Cuthbert Grieve VC 37th Battalion of Brighton Vic. A warehouseman prior to his enlistment on 16 June 1915, he embarked from Melbourne on Board HMAT Persic on 2 June 1916 and returned to Australia on 8 April 1918. Grieve is wearing a hospital blue armband on his...

H00038

Heraldry

Presentation illuminated scroll: Captain R.C Grieve VC

Silk backed hand illuminated vellum presentation scroll with upper and lower wooden scroll bars. The front of the scroll has a stylised scroll across the top over sprigs of wattle with 'THE GREAT WAR' '1914 TO 1919' separated by the Malvern City coat of arms. On the left side is a full colour Union...

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Miniature medal group : Captain R C Grieve, 37 Battalion, AIF

Group of bar mounted miniature medals for Victoria Cross, British War Medal 1914-20, Victory Medal, King George VI Coronation Medal and Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal.

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Wooden presentation box: Captain R C Grieve, 37 Battalion, AIF

Silk lined fiddleback blackwood presentation box with engraved silver plate on the lid reading, 'To CAPTAIN ROBERT C. GRIEVE. V.C. FROM THE CITY OF MALVERN/ IN RECOGNITION OF HIS DISTINGUISHED SERVICES IN THE GREAT WAR/ DECEMBER 15TH 1919'.

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Bottle of Dovers Powder tablets : Captain R C Grieve, 37 Battalion, AIF

Small glass beaker with cork stopper. A paper label with the manufacturer's details printed in red 'CHAS. OGG & Co PHARMACISTS / 76 COLLINS ST'; handwritten in black ink under this is 'Dovers Powder tablets / take two / not more than three / for feverish colds on going / to bed to induce...

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Bottle of Laudanum poison : Captain R C Grieve, 37 Battalion, AIF

Small glass vial with glass stopper and copper alloy spring. A paper label with the manufacturer's details printed in red 'CHAS. OGG & Co PHARMACISTS / 76 COLLINS ST'; handwritten in black ink under this is 'Laudanum Poison / [illegible] pain 10 or 15 drops / on cotton / for toothache.'

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Metal case for pill canisters : Captain R C Grieve, 37 Battalion, AIF

Nickel silver case, lined with purple velveteen. The inside base of the case is divided into 12 compartments by velvet covered U-shaped dividers, approximately 12mm apart. The lid is attached with rolled hinges. The tin is decorated with an oval shaped design of leaves and flowers with four...

RELAWM01109.001

Bottle of chalk & opium : Captain R C Grieve, 37 Battalion, AIF

Small glass beaker with cork stopper. A paper label with the manufacturer's details printed in red 'CHAS. OGG & Co PHARMACISTS / 76 COLLINS ST'; handwritten in black ink under this is 'Chalk + Opium / for diarrhrea or dystentry / Take as much as will cover a shilling in water three / or four times...

RELAWM01109.003

Bottle of chalk & opium : Captain R C Grieve, 37 Battalion, AIF

Small glass bottle with cork stopper. A paper label with the manufacturer's details printed in red 'CHAS. OGG & Co PHARMACISTS / 76 COLLINS ST' Handwritten in black ink under this is 'Chalk + Opium / for diarrhrea or dystentry / Take as much as will cover a shilling in water three / or four times...

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Bottle of zinc sulphate : Captain R C Grieve, 37 Battalion, AIF

Small glass beaker with cork stopper. A paper label with the manufacturer's details printed in red 'CHAS. OGG & Co PHARMACISTS / 76 COLLINS ST'; handwritten in black ink under this is 'Zinc Sulphate / a few crystals in a teaspoon / of boiled warer for eye drops / as much as will cover / a shilling...

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Bottle of cyllin : Captain R C Grieve, 37 Battalion, AIF

Small glass beaker with cork stopper and a handwritten paper label which reads 'POISON / CYLLIN / Not to be taken.' The beaker is full of a dark solidified substance.

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Bottle of Dovers Powder tablets : Captain R C Grieve, 37 Battalion, AIF

Small glass beaker with cork stopper. A paper label with the manufacturer's details printed in red 'CHAS. OGG & Co PHARMACISTS / 76 COLLINS ST'; handwritten in black ink under this is 'Dovers Powder tablets / take two / not more than three / for feverish colds on going / to bed to induce...

RELAWM01109.007

Bottle of tincture of iodine : Captain R C Grieve, 37 Battalion, AIF

Small glass vial with glass stopper and copper alloy spring. A paper label with the manufacturer's details printed in red 'CHAS. OGG & Co PHARMACISTS / 76 COLLINS ST'; handwritten in black ink under this is 'Tincture Iodine / To apply to woulds / scratches etc.'

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Bottle of Potash Permanganate : Captain R C Grieve, 37 Battalion, AIF

Small glass beaker with cork stopper. A paper label with the manufacturer's details printed in red 'CHAS. OGG & Co PHARMACISTS / 76 COLLINS ST'; handwritten in black ink under this is 'Potash Permanganate / [illegible] solution / To bathe wounds or as a gargle or mouth wash.' The beaker is filled...

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Bottle of Potash Permanganate : Captain R C Grieve, 37 Battalion, AIF

Small glass beaker with cork stopper. A paper label with the manufacturer's details printed in red 'CHAS. OGG & Co PHARMACISTS / 76 COLLINS ST'; handwritten in black ink under this is 'Potash Permanganate / [illegible] solution / To bathe wounds or as a gargle or mouth wash.' Beaker is filled with...

RELAWM01109.010

Private Record

Grieve VC, Robert Cuthbert (Captain, b.1988- d.1957)

Collection relating to the First World War service of Captain Robert Cuthbert Grieve VC, 37 Battalion. Collection consists of a typescript account of the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917 in which Grieve won the Victoria Cross. Grieve describes in great detail the preparation in the preceeding... Maker: Grieve, Robert Cuthbert

2DRL/0260 (With records)

Grieve VC, Robert Cuthbert (Captain, b.1988- d.1957)

Collection relating to the First World War service of Captain Robert Cuthbert Grieve VC, 37 Battalion. Collection consists of a leather bound handcrafted book as well as a folder containing various loose pages originally contained within the book, concerning its history. On 7 June 1917, Captain... Maker: Grieve, Robert Cuthbert

3DRL/6247

Technology

Leather presentation folder: Captain R C Grieve, 37 Battalion, AIF

Fine brown suede folder lined with watered polished cotton of the same colour, with two clear celluloid panels to protect the letter originally held in it. The front and flap have gold tooled lettering 'R.C.G. A Company 37TH BATTALION MESSINES 7TH JUNE 1917'.

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Digitised Collection

Typescript account of the Battle of Messines by Robert Cuthbert Grieve, [1917]

Typescript account relating to the First World War service of Captain Robert Cuthbert Grieve. In this account, Grieve documents in great detail the preparations for and events of the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917. This account includes: details of the preparations that took place preceding the...

RCDIG0001076

Photostat copy of sketch map of front line at Battle of Messines, 1917

Photostat copy of sketch map relating to the First World War service of Captain Robert Cuthbert Grieve. The map was originally drawn by 318 Private Henry Herbert Lines. It is a map of the sector that Grieve and the 37th Battalion fought in as part of the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917. The map...

RCDIG0001077

Personal Files Book 19, 23 June - 7 July 1918

File of papers relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, Australian Corps. This file, originally part of Book 19, covers 23 June 1918 to 7 July 1918 and includes documents relating to the Hamel Offensive on 4 July 1918. These documents include a proposal paper...

RCDIG0000633

Timeline

Date of birth 1889-06-19
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1915 37th Battalion.
Date commissioned 1916-01-17 Appointed to Second Lieutenant.
Date promoted 1916-05-01 Appointed to lieutenant.
Date of embarkation 1916-06-03
Date promoted 1917-04-09 Promoted to captain and given command of A Company.
Date of honour or award 1917-06-07 Awarded the Victoria Cross.
Date wounded 1917-06-07
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-06-16
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918
Date of discharge 1918-04-08
Date returned to Australia 1918-04-08
Date of death 1957-10-04