Albert Gratwicke (1886-1916)- Pte SD/675 11th Bn Royal SussexRegiment Albert Gratwickewas a single man at the time of the 1911 census, living at home with his parents and brother Frederick in Shipley, and working as a labourer.Albert signed up with the 11th Royal Sussex and, like his brother Frederick and cousin Peter who had sequential regimental numbers, was an original member of Lowther's Lambs and would have joined on/just after 7th September 1914 in Horsham.It is not known exactly when Albert was mobilised but he was posted to the 11thBattalion which crossed to France via Southampton on 5th/6thMarch 1916. Landing at Le Havre, the Battalion served on the Western Front with 116thBrigade, 39thDivision until the spring of 1918.During the spring and early summer of 1916 the Battalion were in the trenches with the worst of the fighting – the Battles of the Somme and the infamous Battle of Boar’s Head at Richebourg – ahead of it. For the end of May/beginning of June the War Diary records the Battalion’s location as the “Village Trenches” at Le Quesnoy (nr. Valenciennes) but at 2.30 pm on the 1stJune the 11threlieved the 12thin the front line trenches. A quiet night followed the move but at 7am on the following day the diary records shelling of Esperanto Terrace and Berkshire Line in the left front line trenches. In this action two Other Ranks were killed.Albert was one of those killed and he is buried in the Cambrin Churchard Extension, Cambrin. He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals for his service and is remembered on Shipley War Memorial.