George Frederick Gration (1893–1918)


Royal Army Medical Corps 127280 No. 9 Coy

Ripley & Heanor News, 3 January1919

George F Gration in WW1

George Gration was born in South Normanton during 1893 to Charles and Elizabeth Gration. He attested in December 1915 and was called-up in November 1917. He married Ethel May Fogg in 29 September 1917; she lived at 14 East View Crich after they married. Being over six foot, George was unusually tall for the time. He was a horse-hair sorter, wore glasses and was recorded as having a poor physique. The Army Medical Board pronounced him fit for sedentary work and he was posted to the War Hospital in Barnet as part of the Royal Army Medical Corps. During December 1918 he was admitted to Colchester hospital with influenza, dying a few weeks later of pneumonia. He died on 24 December 1918 and was buried in St Mary’s churchyard, Crich.

Army Service Record
George attested 10 December 1915 at Ripley, this was approved 15 November 1917. His next-of-kin was his father Charles Gration of Cemetery Road, Ripley although this was later amended to be Ethel May Gration, wife, of 14 East View Crich. He was born at B Winnings aged 24 years 5 months, height 6 feet 1 inch weighing 122 lb, a horse-hair sorter and Primitive Methodist. He was recorded as having poor physique and wearing glasses. He married Ethel May Fogg on 29 September 1917. A pension of 13/9 per week was awarded to his widow from 20 June 1919.
10/12/15 Attested
11/12/15 To Army Reserve
1/2/16 Mobilized
8/2/16 Reposted having been found fit for sedentary work only by Medical Board
9/11/17 Mobilized, posted to RAMC
12/11/17 Posted to 5th T. Btn RAMC
17/1/18 Posted to No. 9 Coy RAMC at War Hospital Barnet
5/12/18 Admitted to hospital with influenza; Colchester
24/12/18 Died of pneumonia in hospital
4/11/19 Plaque and scroll sent to Mrs Gration, 14 East View, Crich

Newspaper Reports

Derbyshire Courier 1 January 1919
The internment took place at Crich parish church, on Monday of Private George Gration, of the Common, Crich. Deceased who had been in the RAMC for 13 months, was taken ill with influenza three weeks ago and was moved to the General Military Hospital, Colchester. Pneumonia supervened, and he passed away on Christmas Eve. His wife was expecting him on leave for Christmas. Private Gration who was 25 years of age, was a native of Ripley.

Ripley and Heanor News 3 January 1919
We regret to announce that yet another Ripley “boy” has laid down his life in the course of King and Country in Pte GF Gration of the RAMC, son of Mr Charles Gration of Providence Street, Ripley.
Deceased who was 25 years of age work for the Manufacturing Co up to the time of being called up in November 1917, although he resided at Crich. Whilst in training he contacted influenza, and he died from pneumonia in Colchester Hospital on Christmas Eve.
The funeral took place in Crich Churchyard on Monday last, and amongst the floral tributes were wreaths from the officers and staff of his company. He leaves a wife no family.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Initials G F
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service Royal Army Medical Corps
Unit No.9 Coy
Service No. 127280
Age 25
Date of Death 24/12/18
Additional Information Son of Charles and Elizabeth Gration; husband of Ethel May Gration, of 14, East View, Crich Common, Matlock. Born at Ripley, Derby.
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead

war Graves record for George Gration

George's headstone in St Mary's churchyard, Crich.

George Gration's headstone at Crich

127280 PRIVATE


Soldiers' Effects Book
George Frederick Gration; No 9 Coy RAMC; Private 127280; died in General Hospital Colchester 24.12.18; War Gratuity £5 10s 0d; paid out to:
24.3.19 widow Ethel M £7 5s 11d


1901: Heage

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Charles Gration Head 47 Coal miner Heage
Elizabeth Gration wife 50   Ripley
Mary Ellen Gration daughter 18 Housemaid, domestic Huthwaite
Alice Gration daughter 16 Making up Coll. Mill Huthwaite
Minnie Gration daughter 12 Scholar Huthwaite
George Fred Gration son 8   South Normanton

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1911: Baker's Hill, Heage

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Charles Gration Head 56 Coal miner, hewer Heage
Elizabeth Gration wife 59   Ripley
George Gration son 18 Labourer, stoneware pottery Sth. Normanton

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1918 Crich voters
George Frederick Gration, 14 East View; absent on military service