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As many times over the years as I have visited the shrine, Tuesday evening was the first time I entered the "inner workings". The shrine agreed we could arrive after closing and have the opportunity to photograph the Victoria Cross, presented to Captain Robert C. Grieve back on the 7th june 1917....quite an experience. All involved at the Shrine were extremely devoted to their positions, they were genuinely concerned with the care and dedication they displayed just to allow me to capture images of this remarkable medal....even handled with white gloves, and armed guard!
I was first intrigued to read the history of the Victoria Cross, how Queen Victoria instigated this award, a honour above all others, and how each would be cast and created from the original barrel of a Crimean War cannon.
Up close the medal is strong and in many ways coarse,it defines the strength of each recipient, I was impressed. There's quite a story behind this particular medal bestowed upon Captain Grieve, it's one of the hundred we will be presenting when we finally publish the book of the Australian Victoria Cross recipients. Author Michael Madden is compiling all this information, we're looking forward to the finale`.
The grave of Captain Grieve, is a humble resting place, nestled between others graves at the Springvale Cemetry....it's not with the war memorial section, it's difficult to spot without directions. This resting place is typical of many VC recipients....humble men with quiet resting places, who performed amazing acts of valour.