1st June 2000

Cricketer Charles Grieve died in Shropshire

Charles Grieve was an all-round sportsman who represented Guernsey at both cricket and rugby. He wasn’t born on the island; nor did he live or die there, but his parents had retired there, so it perhaps seemed appropriate.

He opened the batting for Guernsey, facing Marylebone Cricket Club in 1934. In that match, he scored a total of 106 runs over two innings. Of these, he notched up a century in the first innings alone.

He only played one first class match, in which he scored decidedly fewer runs. His total was just eight on that occasion, again across two innings.

All-round sportsman

Grieve was born in the Philippines in 1913, studied at Oxford and played rugby and cricket while at college. According to his obituary in The Telegraph, he “was the ideal build for a fly-half – small, stocky and nimble”

While still at college, he was selected to play for Scotland but was so badly injured that he was out of action for most of the next year.

It wasn’t purely by chance that he was asked to play for Scotland: he had a long association with the country. Although born in Manilla, he had been sent back to the UK to go to school, and spent the holidays in St Andrews, Scotland. His aunt still lived there. Naturally, this is where his interest in golf developed and, as well as succeeding in cricket and rugby, he would later prove himself to be a winning golfer, too.

Outside of sport, he spent his life in the army, eventually being promoted to the rank of major.

Charles Grieve died in Ludlow, Shropshire, on 1 June 2000, aged 86.


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Other events that occured in June

Cricketer Charles Grieve died in Shropshire 1st
St Johns undertook its first Guernsey rescue 2nd
Bailiff John Guille died in Plymouth 3rd
GUNS writer Joseph John Gillingham was deported 4th
First arrests were made at Guernsey Airport 5th
Jethou was put on the market 6th
The king and queen celebrated Guernsey’s liberation 7th
Occupying forces confiscated Guernsey’s radios 8th
Guernsey Railway company ceased operations 9th
Guernsey welcomed its first steam ship 10th
Laura Kennington kicks off Channel Islands triathlon 11th
Dame Sibyl became a dame again 12th
Guernsey voted to legalise local abortions 13th
Victor Hugo’s house is opened to the public 14th
The Channel Islands were demilitarised 15th
Guernsey was invaded by Colorado beetles 16th
States Telephone Department was established 17th
Pollet guest house fire claimed its third victim 18th
Aurigny founder Derrick Bailey died 19th
Guernsey joined the Football Association 20th
Guernsey’s school children were evacuated 21st
Guernsey celebrated Queen Victoria’s jubilee 22nd
Princess Elizabeth opened Guernsey’s hospital 23rd
Guernsey chose England over France 24th
First meeting of Guernsey’s Controlling Committee 25th
Guernsey bought Fort Grey from the War Office 26th
Guernsey coffee trader William Le Lacheur died 27th
G-JOEY completes his last flight 28th
Guernsey suffered its first and only air raid
The Star was published for the first time 29th
Two deserters were shot after landing on Guernsey 30th