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Grice, George (1877–1901)

A cable message which was received yesterday stating that Captain George Grice, of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), attached to the Imperial Yeomanry, had been dangerously wounded at Tweefontein, was followed shortly afterwards by the announcement of his death. In the absence of his father, Mr. John Grice, in Tasmania, a copy of the first telegram was sent to Mr. James Grice, who is staying at Frankston. The news of the death of Captain Grice will be received with deep regret by his old schoolfellows and associates in Melbourne, among whom he was exceedingly popular. He was educated at Cumloden, Alma-road, St. Kilda, and in his final year was dux of the school. The choice of a career puzzled him somewhat on leaving school, but after keeping a few terms at the Melbourne University, he decided to enter the army, and left for England, where he shortly afterwards obtained a commission in the Cameronians just before the outbreak of the war in South Africa. His regiment was ordered to the front, and Lieutenant Grice obtained speedy promotion to the rank of captain, and then of adjutant. His letters to his father were always written in a vein of cheerfulness, which showed how keen an interest he took in his profession. His career in the field placed him high in the estimation of his superior officers and his genial nature made him personally popular. He was 24 years of age, and was the eldest of a family of four sons and two daughters. The sons are at present being educated in England, and Mrs Grice is with her daughters, who are being educated on the Continent and are spending their midwinter vacation there.

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'Grice, George (1877–1901)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/grice-george-15524/text26736, accessed 21 November 2017.

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