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Peter Gratwicke (1882-1916) - Pte 677 11 th  Bn Royal Sussex Regiment Peter   Gratwicke    was   born,   baptised   and   schooled   in   Itchingfield   and   at   the   time   of   the   1911   census   was   28   years   old,   single, working as a brick setter and living with his parents at Swains Cottage, Southwater. Signing   up   with   and   serving   alongside   his   cousin   Albert,   although   possibly   in   a   different   company,   he   would   have   also   been   in   the trenches at Le Quesnoy when Albert was killed but his luck held just a little longer. At   the   end   of   June   1916   the   11 th    Bn   was   mainly   in   a   support   role,   manning   observation   posts   and   providing   carrying   parties,   but   not engaged   in   the   main   action.   However,   at   the   Battle   of   Boar's   Head   on   30 th    June   1916   when   the   sister   Battalions   -   the   12 th    and   13 th   suffered   greatly,   the   11 th    were   asked   to   do   more   and   provided   the   stretcher   bearers   required   to   remove   the   wounded   from   the   field   of battle, and then the burial parties to bury the dead. Peter   survived   this   and   must   have   thought   that   luck   was   with   him   when   the   Battalion   were   sent   back   to   their   billets   on   the   2 nd    July   and spent   the   next   week   under   a   regime   of   cleaning   and   training.   Various   short   spells   in   the   trenches   followed   but   with   little   action reported   and   very   few   casualties   but   on   the   25 th    July   1916,   when   the   11 th    Sussex   were   in   trenches   at   Festubert,   the   CWGC   roll   states that Peter Gratwicke was killed in action. According   to   the   War   Diary,   German   snipers   were   active   during   the   day,   although   their   machine   guns   were   quiet,   and   then   at   6pm German   artillery   opened   up   on   their   positions   in   retaliation   to   an   earlier   British   artillery   bombardment.   A   five   man   patrol   was   also made   into   no   man’s   land   that   evening   and   although   there   are   no   reports   of   casualties,   Peter   Gratwicke   may   have   been   killed   by   a sniper or during the 6pm bombardment, or maybe on the patrol. Peter   was   awarded   the   British   War   and   Victory   Medals   for   his   service   and   is   buried   at   le   Touret   Military   Cemetery,   Richebourg-l’Avoue, France. He is remembered on the Southwater War Memorial.  
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