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Stewart Giles GRIGG

Regimental number76
Date of birth22 December 1892
Place of birthGawler, South Australia
SchoolSouth Hummocks Public School, South Australia
ReligionProtestant
OccupationLabourer
AddressHamley Bridge, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Joseph Grigg, Hamley Bridge, South Australia
Enlistment date4 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name27th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 26 March 1917
Age at death from cemetery records25
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph and Elizabeth GRIGG, Hamley Bridge, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3373 Pte William Joseph GRIGG, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 15 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Killed in action, Agincourt, France, 26 March 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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