Service number WX10426.
Percival Eric Gratwick was born on 19th October 1902 in Katanning, Western Australia as the fifth son to Ernest Albert Gratwick and Eva Mary Gratwick-Pether. He attended schools in Katanning, Boulder and Perth, but left school when he was 16 years. Until 1922 he worked as a messenger at Parliament House. After moving to Pilbara he learned to be drover and blacksmith. After droving at Indee station and later Yandayarra station he build his own droving plant. After his stock was ruined by draght in 1931 het started prospecting. Later he did prospecting, blacksmithing and droving in the White Springs area.
When the Second World War broke out he tried enlisting but at first was rejected for once having had a broken nose. After he had his nose fixed, he tried again and was enlisted on 20th December 1940. After his initial training he left to Perth on 5th July 1941. In September he joined the 2/48th Battalion. He attended the units siege in Tobruk, Libya. In Ocotber he was with the unit in Palestine. In June 1942 the Battalion arrived in Egypt and fought in Tel el Eisa in July. After a short period in Reserve, he rejoined his Battalion on 10th August. Following he was engaged at El Alamein, where he was killed on 26th October.
Percival Eric Gratwick lies buried at the El Alamein British War Cemetery at Plot XXII. A. 6.
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