GRIEVE, Garfield

Rank: 
Private
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Welch Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
3972169
Died : 
Tuesday, October 5, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
21
Roll of Honour: 
Operations: 
Private Garfield Grieve
Private Garfield Grieve died during operations at Termoli.
 
In 2013 the CVA received the following communication from a Dr. John McLeod.
"I was never in the army, but I knew Garfield Grieve well - very well, because we shared the same double desk in Standard 5 at St Aidans C.E. Elementary School in Mill Hill, Blackburn. I was an overweight ten - or maybe eleven year old, my mother was a seamstress and dressmaker whose father bought her a small draper's shop, so was busy with funeral orders in 1917-8.
Garfield lived in Goit Street, the nearest we had in Mill Hill to a slum. I tended to get bullied, and Garfield was my 'Keeper'. I went on to Grammar School, but Garfield didn't. I lost touch with him, but heard that he was in the landing force in Normandy on D-Day. It was only when I was checking out just how good Google is, that I decided to put in a search for Garfield Grieve. Within minutes, I found his record, buried - and so presumably killed - in Italy. The news didn't surprise me. He didn't exactly save my life, but certainly fielded off a couple of elementary school bullies. He was a great guy. 
John McLeod, SO.M., Ph.D., etc. (Aged 87). "
 
Sources
CWGC
CVA Forum message.
Image credit Dawn Devine, great niece of Garfield Grieve.
 
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