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Lieutenant Gideon Grieve

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Gideon Grieve

Ancestor's date of birth: 1864 Midlothian, Scotland

Ancestor's date of death: 18/02/1900 Paardeberg, South Africa

Cause of Death: Killed in Action

Service Number: Officer - no number

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Sydney

Unit: NSW Special Service Officer, ultimately posted to T Company, 2nd Bn Black Watch

Rank attained in Boer War: LT, Date Effective: 1896

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Did not serve after the war

Murray Page: 196 and 203

Contingent: 1st NSW

Ship: Aberdeen, Date of Sailing: 28/11/1899

Other Boer War Service: T Company, 2nd Bn Black Watch

Memorial details: Personal Memorial, Gap Park, Old South Head Road, Watson's Bay, East of Sydney NSW.

Decorations: QSA medal with clasps, Mention in Despatches

Personal Characteristics: Fine soldier and recognised leader

Reasons to go and fight: For the Empire

Details of service in war: He was posted as Railway Staff Officer in Cape Town to help organise transporting the thousands of British and colonial troops disembarking with their horses and equipment from an armada of ships and getting them all to the front as expeditiously as possible.

Exactly a week after landing in South Africa he was posted to lead his former countrymen in T Company, 2nd Bn Black Watch. In the following week Grieve showed the qualities that justified his appointment in skirmishes in the relief Kimberley and in a considerable battle at Koodoesberg where he was mentioned in dispatches for his leadership. On the morning of 18 February 1900, Lord Kitchener ordered yet another frontal attack on a large Boer laager protected again by deep trenches at Paardeberg Drift, also on the Modder River. Lt Grieve led T Company into fierce rifle fire. Seeing one of his soldiers wounded Lt Grieve, now wounded himself, attempted to recover the man, but in doing so both became exposed and were killed instantly. He was buried with 12 others on a nearby farm.

Service and life after the Boer War: Did not survive the war.

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Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Hamish Grieve, Woolahra NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson

Name of Descendant: Roslyn Sweetapple, Woolahra NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Granddaughter

Name of Descendant: Nicola Grieve, Woolahra NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Granddaughter

Name of Descendant: Isabella Grieve-Starr, Woolahra NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Great Granddaughter

Name of Descendant: John Joseland, Alice Springs NT
Relationship to Ancestor: Detail not provided.

Name of Descendant: Christopher Joseland, North Adelaide, SA
Relationship to Ancestor: Great grandson.

Name of Descendant: Sheridan Worthy, Leonay NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great, great, great niece.

Name of Descendant: Bruce David Robinson, Balgowlah NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great nephew

Name of Descendant: Mark David Robinson, Balgowlah NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great great nephew


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