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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 03 June 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 37th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 37th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 37th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 37th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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