Joseph GRATTON

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GRATTON, Joseph

Service Number: 2872
Enlisted: 10 May 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Toowoomba, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Plumber
Died: Drowned -in the sinking of the RMS Leinster, Ireland, 10 October 1918, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Grangegorman Military Cemetery
Grave Aust. CE. 1., Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Grangegorman, Dublin, Ireland
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Oakey War Memorial, Toowoomba Protestant Alliance Friendly Society of Australia (P.A.F.S.O.A.) (2), Toowoomba Roll of Honour WW1, Toowoomba War Memorial (Mothers' Memorial)
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World War 1 Service

10 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private
21 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2872, 4th Pioneer Battalion
21 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2872, 4th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Boonah, Brisbane
10 Oct 1918: Involvement Private, SN 2872

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 28 and the son of John Richard and Elizabeth Gratton, of Carrington Rd., Glenvale, Toowoomba, Queensland.

He is one of six Australian born soldiers of the Great War who perished in the sinking by torpedo from U-Boat of the RMS Leinster. The bodies of 5 were recovered.