Peter Gratwicke (1882-1916)- Pte 677 11th Bn Royal Sussex RegimentPeter Gratwickewas 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 11thBn 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 30thJune 1916 when the sister Battalions - the 12thand 13th suffered greatly, the 11thwere 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 2ndJuly 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 25thJuly 1916, when the 11thSussex 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.