100th commemoration of the end of The First World War. To the memories of Alfred Charles Gramson (my Grandfather) and his brothers Richard Gramson and Henry Gramson.
|Alfred Charles Gramson|
His two elder brothers had already joined up in the (Queens Own) Royal West Kent Regiment (6th Battalion) . Henry John Gramson (aged 31) and Richard Gramson (age 29). Richard is recorded as wounded on 6th November 1916, and eldest brother Henry was also listed as wounded on 22nd November 1916.
The attack on Rainbow Trench, Battle of The Somme, October 1916.
37th Infantry Brigade were on the right, with 6th Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) and 6th Battalion The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) as the lead battalions, 6th Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) and 7th East Surrey in support, attacked Rainbow Trench.
Little progress was made by any of the battalions. 6th The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) did manage to make it into Rainbow Trench but not in enough numbers to hold it, and on withdrawing the battalion had only 1 officer and 40 other ranks left uninjured.
My Aunt Vi who is now 92 recently told me that it was Henry who broke the news of Richards wound to my Grandfather Alfred shortly before Henry himself was wounded. Both returned to duty,
Sadly Henry is recorded as 'Killed in Action' on 2nd July 1918. Duty location is shown as 'France and Flanders' at the time of death his unit were serving on The Somme. He was 34.
Both my Grandfather and Richard survived the war, Richard being discharged in 1918. My Grandfather was given home leave on 10th October 1918 and was married to my Grandmother on 19th October 1918. He died in 1956, 2 years before I was born so it's been a real honour to discover his story and that of his brothers.