On the night of 12-Oct-40 during an intense air raid, B72834 Pte Grave, JM, 48 Highrs, who a short time previously had assisted in extricating person entrapped in a bombed house, was called upon by civil authorities to further assist in rescuing civilians who were buried beneath the wreckage of another bombed house. Notwithstanding the continuance of the raid, lack flights, a leakage of domestic gas, danger due to the possibility of collapse of an adjoining building and complete lack of tools, Pte Gravie, with some others, worked for several hours, shovelling debris with his steal helmet, and removing fallen timbers. Finally they succeeded in rescuing alive two of the five persons who were beneath the wreckage.
Canada Gazette Extra Issue No. 1 Vol 77 dated 1 Jan 43
London Gazette No 25842 dated 1 Jan 43
Overseas RO 2983 dated 4 Jan 43