FLETCHER, HAROLD 243404 Private M.M. 1/5th Battalion T.F. 170th Bde 57th Div

THE LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT

Born Leyland Enlisted Preston Living Leyland Killed in Action France / Flanders 2nd September 1918

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 50.

Preston Guardian Sat. 28th September 1918

Mrs Harold Fletcher, Deighton Avenue, Leyland has received intimation of the death in action on September 2nd, of her husband Pte Harold Fletcher. Whilst acting as a stretcher-bearer he was awarded the Military Medal on July 22nd last for conspicuous bravery in the field and devotion to duty. He bandaged and carried out severely wounded men under heavy enemy shell-fire, and although hampered by the conditions, got them to the dressing station thereby saving life.

He was 28 years of age and joined up on March 10th, 1916 prior to which he was employed at the Leyland Bleach and Dye Works. Previous to his leaving for France in February 1917 he was married to Miss Jenny Smith, third daughter of Mr and Mrs Smith, Woodcock Hall, Cuerden. He attended Leyland St. Mary’s Church.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 12th October 1918

Pte H. Fletcher, Loyal North Lancs. Reg., has been awarded the Military Medal.

Lancashire Daily Post Friday September 27th, 1918

“Killed in Action”

FLETCHER – Killed in action September 2nd, Pte Harold Fletcher, Stretcher Bearer, Loyal North Lancs. Regt., aged 28 years – Deeply regretted by his widow, Mother and Sisters – Deighton Avenue, Leyland.

Harold Fletcher’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

St. Mary’s Memorial, Worden lane, Leyland

St Gerard’s Memorial, Tardy Gate

Lostock Hall Memorial, Tardy Gate

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

With no known grave, Harold Fletcher is commemorated on the:-

VIS EN ARTOIS MEMORIAL, HAUCOURT FRANCE

The men of the ‘Loyals’ are commemorated on Panel 7. No next-of-kin information.

Vis-en-Artois and Haucourt are villages on the straight main road from Arras to Cambrai, about 10 km south-east of Arras.

The memorial stands in the grounds of the Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery which is west of Haucourt on the north side of the main road.

Chorley Parliamentary Division – Register of Electors 1918   St. Andrew’s Ward  Leyland

Division I  Deighton Avenue  Fletcher, Mary Ellen

Division II  Deighton Avenue  Fletcher, Harold  Naval / Military Vote.

Note 1:- The 57th Division (of which the 1/5th Loyals was a part) was involved in the ‘Second Battles of Arras’ (26th August-3rd September) in a period known as ‘The Breaking of the Hindenburg Line’ (26th August-12th October 1918).

On 2nd/3rd September the 1/5th Loyals were engaged in the ‘Battle of Drocourt-Quéant.’ On the first day of this battle, Harold Fletcher was killed in action.

Note 2:- In ‘Soldiers Died’ above, T.F. = Territorial Force.

Note 3:- In the heading, M.M. = Military Medal.

Fletcher, Harold. WE Waring 2003