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16 Sep 1886
Lowdham Nottinghamshire
Amos Gratton was born on 16th September 1886 in Caythorpe he was the son of Eliza Gratton, his mother Eliza was born in 1861 in Fulwood, Notts His mother Eliza Gratton married Charles Breedon (born 1862 at Lowdham) at St Marys Church Lowdham on 7th December 1886 only months after Amos's birth (it is not known if he was the son of Charles Breedon or not but was brought up by Charles and Eliza ) he was the brother of Arrol Gratton born 31st August 1884, John Frederick Breedon (killed in action 28/4/1917), Mabel Breedon and Harry Breedon. (killed in action 3/11/1917) Amos married his first wife Adeline Billyard in 1910, (born Knesall 1890 ) the marriage being recorded in the Southwell Registration area , they had a son Fred Gratton Breedon born 28th November 1910 in Lowdham. In the 1911 census Amos Breedon is shown as married and living at Victoria Mill, Lowdham with William Singleton 61 yrs a miller and his wife Charlotte , Amos is shown as being 24 yrs a servant and carter on farm. Meanwhile his wife Adeline Breedon 20 yrs is living at a different address in Lowdham with her son Fred Gratton Breedon 4 months and her widowed father Richard Billyard 61 yrs a farm labourer. He wife died in 1911 in Nottingham aged 21 yrs , his son Fred Gratton Breedon is then brought up by his paternal grandparents. Amos met his second wife Marion Scudder and together they departed England from Sydney Australia on 2nd April 1914, they were both single at ths time , his son was left with his paternal grandparents in England . Amos married his wife while in Australia before leaving for the Great War.
He was a farm labourer.
07 Oct 1917
923829 - CWGC Website
Australian Infantry (AIF)
Private Amos Gratton enlisted into the Army in Rosehill, New South Wales Australia on 24th September 1914, he gave his age as 28 yrs and was a farm labourer. He served in 3rd Australian Infantry Battalion. He embarked from Melbourne on 22nd December 1914 on board HMAT Ulysses and joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in Gallipoli on 12th April 1915. He survived the Gallipoli campaign and eventually saw service on the Western Front where on 7th October 1917 he was killed in action. He has no known grave, his name is commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial, Ypres. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Obituary published in the Nottingham Eving Post dated 7th October 1918 read:- “BREEDON. – In loving memory of Private Amos Gratton Breedon, Australian Imperial Forces, of Lowdham, killed in action October 7th, 1917. A day of remembrance sad to recall. Gone, but not forgotten. – Loving wife and son, mother, father, brothers and sisters.” Above obituary courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. He was registered as Amos Gratton at birth , he enlisted Birth registered as Amos Gratton. He enlisted and served under that name (CWGC).He appears on various records under the name of either Gratton, Breedon or Gratton Breedon Two of his brothers (step brothers) served during the Great War , John Fred Breedon, he served with the 7th battalion North Staffordshire Regiment he was killed in action on 21st January 1917 in Mesopotamia and is buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq. and Harry he served with 15th battalion Sherwood Foresters and died of wounds on 3rd November 1917, he is buried in Dozingham Military Cemetery, Blegium. The memorials in Lowdham have him shown variously as Amos Gratton or Amos Gratton Breedon.
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