Captain Robert Cuthbert Grieve VC 37th Battalion of Brighton


Robert Cuthbert Grieve

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Captain Robert Cuthbert Grieve, of the 37th Australian Infantry Battalion performed the actions for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

A warehouse man prior to his enlistment on 16 June 1915, he embarked from Melbourne onboard HMAT Persic on 2 June 1916 and returned to Australia on 8 April 1918. 

Grieve was awarded 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. 

Accession number: H00038 

Studio portrait of Captain Robert Cuthbert Grieve VC 37th Battalion of Brighton


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