Isaac Thomas Loder Gratwicke (1886-1918)- Pte 35433 4th Bn Royal Sussex RegimentAt the time of Isaac Gratwicke’sbirth 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. For a short while, from 18thApril 1906, Isaac also served in the Royal Navy as a Stoker (SS102852) and the picture to the right is him in uniform. However he was discharged from the Navy on the 6th 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 3rd/4th 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 18th November 1918, he was granted a memorial and citation by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Family oral history claims that he was amongst those detailed to look after German POW farm labourers in Horsham in 1918. This is certainly a role that would have fallen to the men of the Labour Corps and it is a matter of record that a number of German POWs designated for farm work were billeted both at 28 North Street, and in a disused brewery on the corner of Worthing Road and the Bishopric in Horsham between October 1918 and January/February 1919.Isaac is buried in Hills Cemetery, Horsham and remembered on the Southwater War Memorial.