Frederick Gratwicke (1895-1917) – LCpl SD/676 7th BnRoyal Sussex RegimentFrederick Gratwickewas, like his brother Albert, single, living at home with his parents in Shipley and working as a labourer at the time of the 1911 census. He had been born, baptised and educated in Shipley and his school record suggests that he was a bit of a handful being noted in the log book as having to be reprimanded for “throwing stones” and “damaging a post box at Dragons Green”. He left school at the age of 14 in 1909 in order to start work.He signed up with the 11thSussex Regiment at the same time as Albert and his cousin Peter but at some point he was transferred to the 7th Battalion. As his service record has not survived it is not possible to determine the date of his transfer, nor is it possible to determine just when he received the promotion to Lance Corporal, the rank given in his CWGC records. However as the RSR medal rolls record him as Private it is quite possible that LCpl was a temporary or acting rank, not a confirmed one.We cannot say therefore if Frederick was with Albert and Peter in the actions that resulted in their deaths but we do know that he had transferred to the 7thBn by the spring of 1917. It was with the 7ththat he took part in the assault on Arras during which, on the 9thApril 1917, he died.Following a spell in camp in the early part of March 1917, the 7thBn moved, between the 30thMarch and the 3rdApril, into caves and cellars in the Cambrai Road in Arras. On the 4thApril Battalion HQ, A and B Companies moved into the front line trenches, leaving C and D Companies in the caves.Over the next four days there were a series of attacks on the enemy trenches and wire cutting sorties carried out by C and D Companies in preparation for a major attack on the 9th. C and D Companies re-joined the Battalion in the early hours of the morning and at 5.30 the attack was launched.The War Diary reports considerable success and the capture of 100 prisoners and two machine guns but does not give details of casualties. What it does report is a “digging in” over the next three days and the battalion gradually being moved back to its subterranean “billets” in the Ronville caves in Arras. It further reports that over the period from the 4thto the 12thApril casualties were 4 officers and 102 OR wounded, 7 OR missing and 42 OR either killed in action or died of wounds. Frederick was one of these.Frederick was awarded the British War and Victory Medals for his service. He is buried at Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France and remembered on Shipley War Memorial.