FLETCHER, Lewis Edwin
(Service number 14089)

First Rank Lance Corporal Last Rank


Date 19 January 1877 Place of Birth Lyveden, Northamptonshire, England

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Washdyke nr Timaru
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Edward FLETCHER (brother), Barnack, Stamford, England;also Fred KING (friend), Washdyke, Timaru; ;later Mrs M. E. FLETCHER (wife), C/o Mrs Tyler, Preston, Uppingham, Rutland, England
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 6th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date 26 July 1916
Transport Waitemata or Ulimaroa
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 2 April 1955 Age 78 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Miranda Public Cemetery, Auckland
Memorial Reference Plot 26
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Lewis Edwin Fletcher was born on 19 Janury 1877 at Lyveden, Northamptonshire, England, the youngest son of William, a farmer, and Ann (née Hunt) Fletcher. He was at home with his family at Benfield in 1881, a scholar at Little Oakley in 1891, and a farmer at Marston Trussell, Northamptonshire, with his widowed mother in 1901. William Fletcher died in 1897 and Ann in 1901. By 1911 Lewis was a farmer at Te Moana near Geraldine, South Canterbury. A few years later he was a brewer at Washdyke. When he enlisted he gave his occupation as farmer and his address as Washdyke.

Lewis nominated his oldest brother as next-of-kin – Edward Fletcher, Barnack, Stamford, England. He also named a friend – Fred King, Washdyke, Timaru. While overseas he married Mabel Helen Tyler, on 17 September 1918 at the Parish Church, Preston, Rutland, England. She then became his next-of-kin, and probably came with Lewis on his return to New Zealand. L. E. Fletcher returned home in Draft 211, with over a thousand men aboard, per the “Briton” which was due at Lyttelton in late January 1919. Soon after their return, Lewis and Mabel settled in the Thames area.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [12 September 2020]; 1881, 1891, 1901 census returns ( [12 September 2020]; Mirand Public Cemetery headstone transcription [12 September 2020]; Timaru Herald, 25 January 1919 (Papers Past) [08 September 2020]

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