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Grieve John
(1821—1863)

John Grieve was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was 32 years old, and a sergeant-major in the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys), British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. On 25 October 1854 at Balaclava, Crimea, an officer in the Heavy Cavalry charge was surrounded by Russian cavalry and in great danger. Sergeant-Major Grieve rode up to his rescue, cutting off the head of one Russian and dispersing the others. He later achieved the rank of lieutenant.


Kiribati, 2006, Grieve saving officer

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