Henry Gravett was baptised in October 1899 in St Mary’s Church, Fetcham. His parents were John and Emily Elizabeth (nee Browning) Gravett.
In 1901 John and Emily were living in the grounds of Fetcham Lodge and John was a gardener. They had six children: Sarah aged 9, Ella aged 8, William aged 5, Albert aged 4, Mildred aged 2 and Henry who was just one year old.
The 1911 census shows the family was still living at Fetcham Lodge, where John was now head gardener. They had had 13 children, 11 of whom were still living. Emily’s occupation was given as “Home Duties” and her eldest daughter, 19-year-old Sarah, was a “Kitchen maid Domestic”, 16-year-old William was a gardener and 15-year-old Albert was recorded as a carpenter’s assistant. Mildred was 13, Henry was 11 and they had been joined by Hilda aged 9, Lawrence aged 8, Arthur Richard aged 7 (who was to serve with the East Surrey Regiment in World War 1 and be mentioned in dispatches. He died on 16 November 1940 and is remembered in the Lockerbie (Dryfesdale) Cemetery), Frederick aged 6 and Rose aged 3.
With the outbreak of World War 1, Henry joined the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment as Private 27530. According to his Medal Card, he also served with the Labour Corps (regimental number 65581).
He passed away in 1976.