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Robert GRIEVE

Regimental number902
Place of birthBrighton Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationSalesman
Address'Benarby', Bay Street, Brighton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs C. Grieve, 'Benarby', Bay Street, Brighton, Victoria
Enlistment date11 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameSignal Company Engineers Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/11/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 20 March 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll191
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night 2nd/3rd November, 1917 at SANSOUCI Valley - North of WESTHOEK - these two Signallers working as Linesmen - maintained the Telephone Lines between Group Headquarters and the 8 Batteries - working throughout the night under a very heavy Gas and H.E. bombardment which continually cut the lines. These men [GRIEVE and 49 Reginald Garnet PREECE] - regardless of personal safety - never hesitated to at once go the break and mend it. The Gas was very thick and the ground was so broken that if often took an hour to trace and mend a single break. By their heroic attention to duty communications were maintained throughout the night. Both these men although they wore their Respirators have since been evacuated, Gassed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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