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Albert Gratwicke (1886-1916) - Pte SD/675 11 th  Bn Royal Sussex Regiment Albert   Gratwicke    was   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   11 th 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 7 th  September 1914 in Horsham. It   is   not   known   exactly   when   Albert   was   mobilised   but   he   was   posted   to   the   11 th    Battalion   which   crossed   to   France   via   Southampton   on 5 th /6 th    March   1916.   Landing   at   Le   Havre,   the   Battalion   served   on   the   Western   Front   with   116 th    Brigade,   39 th    Division   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   1 st    June   the   11 th   relieved   the   12 th    in   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.  
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