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Isaac Thomas Loder Gratwicke (1886-1918) - Pte 35433 4
Bn Royal Sussex Regiment
At the time of Isaac Gratwicke’s birth in 1886 his father Thomas, who was uncle to Albert and Peter Gratwicke, was an agricultural
labourer and the family lived at the splendidly named Rats Castle at Possession House, Itchingfield. Isaac went to Itchingfield School
from 1892 – 98 when he left to work as a carter’s boy on a local farm.
uniform. However he was discharged from the Navy on the 6
May 1909 on medical grounds due to problems with his eyes.
Isaac married Edith Emily Pelling in Horsham in 1909 and settled there although for a time the family lived at Salt Box in Barns Green.
They had four children, Annie May (b 1911); Jack (b 1912 d 1913); Thomas Jack (b 1914) and Jesse (b 1915).
At the outbreak of war, Isaac enlisted and joined the 3
Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment for his training but was then
transferred to the 695 Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps as Pte 356064 around August 1917. It was often the case that men
passed as fit during initial screening were then found to be unsuitable for active service during training. It is likely that this is what
happened to Isaac – possibly related to his earlier eye problems - and it is this that led to his transfer to the Labour Corps. What is
unusual however is that, although no record exists to suggest he served overseas, and although he does not appear to have earned
any service medals, following his death from pneumonia at home on the 18
November 1918, he was granted a memorial and citation
by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Bishopric in Horsham between October 1918 and January/February 1919.
Isaac is buried in Hills Cemetery, Horsham and remembered on the Southwater War Memorial.