3588/241139 Pte Walter Gratton from Bonsall

Walter was born in 1883 and was limestone quarryman. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters in December 1914 and was serving with the 3/6th Battalion in February 1916

Around August 1916 Walter was posted to the 1/6th Battalion and sent to France (information taken from XI CCS Admission and Discharge book). In March 1917 he suffered from a septic knee and was sent to the XI Casualty Clearing Station in Varennes. Seven other men from the 1/6th Battalion were also sent by sick convoy to the XI CCS.

Walter was still serving with the 1/6th Battalion when they attacked Hunter and Scotts Post between 30th August and 3rd September – see here. Walter was one of four men killed that day and they are buried in  FOUQUIERES CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Plot IV, Graves F1-3 & 8.

Fouquieres Churchyard Extension, France

His parents (Benjamin and Mary) lived at 3 Rose Cottage, Upper Town in Bonsall, Derbyshire and after the War received a pension.

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