John GRATRIX M.M.
Rank: Private
Number: 265127
Unit: C Company, 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 31 July 1917
Age: 24
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

John had been born in the Openshaw district of Manchester and was recorded by the 1901 Census, then aged 7, living in South Manchester. By the time he enlisted in the army he was married to Edith and they lived at 106 Hesketh street, Heaton Norris. After the War, Edith had moved to 9 New Zealand Road, Turncroft Road, Stockport.

The Stockport Advertiser, in its edition of 22 December 1916,  reported that John had been awarded the Military Medal "for taking messages under fire." There is no specific mention of his act in the Battalion History although it will have taken place during the late summer of 1916 - the award of medals usually being around three months after the event. The History does recount that when the Cheshires went back into the front line in late August, they were subjected to heavy artillery fire over several days.

John was killed in the Battalion's attack on the village of St Julien, during the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele

   
           
   
     
© 2006. Design and Layout are the property of Ihelm Enterprises Limited and cannot be reproduced without express permission.
 
Enter Search Phrase Here:(search may take up to 30 seconds) 
 
Close Search Window