Joseph GRATTON

Birthplace
Toowoomba
Resided
Toowoomba
Occupation
Plumber
Enlisted
10-May-1916
Place
Toowoomba
Age
26
Status
Single
Service No
2872
Rank
Private
Unit
4th Pioneer Battalion, 6th Reinforcements
Embarked
21-October-1916
Place
Brisbane
Active Service
Western Front
Highest rank
N/A
Honours and Awards
No
Fate
How Died
Drowned at sea
Date
10 October 1918
Place
Irish Sea
Cemetery or Memorial
Grange Gorman Military Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland
Notes

Also named on Toowoomba Mothers’ Memorial and P.A.F.S.O.A. Beaconsfield Lodge Honour Board.

 

Joseph Gratton arrived in England in January 1917 and landed in France in October assigned to the 4th Machine Gun Battalion. On 10 October 1918, while returning from leave to his unit in France aboard RMS Leinster, the ship was torpedoed by a German submarine and sank with the loss of 565 soldiers, sailors, airmen, nurses and civilians, including Joseph Gratton. His body was recovered and buried in Dublin on 14 October. (The U-boat was later lost in a minefield with its entire crew while attempting to return to Germany.)

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