Lieutenant-Colonel A. A. Grubb, M.C.
'Algy' Grubb was a Royal Hampshire officer who commanded ‘B’ Company of the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment during the campaign in North West Europe 1944-45. He died on 27th August 1992 while attending a ceremony in Vernon, France to mark the 48th anniversary of the Seine Crossing.
This tribute below was written by Rex Fellows MC, one of his platoon commanders:
"Mention Algy Grubb to anybody who served in the 43rd Wessex Division and almost certainly they will have known him or known of him – such was the impact he made on his fellow men.
Following school his early ambitions to go on to the stage were diverted by parental influence towards the security of the legal profession, but it was the war, and in particular the front line battlefields, which were to give him the centre stage he had always sought. He revelled in the spotlight, a gifted extrovert with great charm and charisma. Nobody who knew him during the war years will ever forget the tall athletic figure, the sleeked-back fair hair, the aristocratic face enhanced by the occasional wearing of a monocle and the use of a long cigarette holder, the purposeful gait, and the eloquent, expressive voice.
He was, in fact, commissioned into the Hampshire Regt after OCTU (Officer Cadet Training Unit) training and was seconded to the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment to command 'B' Company in May 1944. He trained for the pending invasion with tremendous, some would say, fanatical zeal, seeking realism whenever possible and earning the title of "The Mad Major" from his men. He was, without doubt, a man of destiny – a man of the times, for the times. Immediately the battalion went into action in Normandy it was recognised that his very presence gave the men around him a sense of invincibility. Such things are difficult to define – intangible threads linking man to man, giving purpose, confidence, the undying scent of victory no matter how tough the going. These outstanding qualities of leadership were reinforced by that element of luck which men like to see in their leaders.
Major Alfred Albert 'Algy' Grubb, M.C.