FLETCHER, Lewis Edwin
(Service number 14089)
|First Rank||Lance Corporal||Last Rank|
|Date||19 January 1877||Place of Birth||Lyveden, Northamptonshire, England|
|Address at Enlistment||Washdyke nr Timaru|
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|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|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|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|
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|Date||2 April 1955||Age||78 years|
|Place of Death|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Miranda Public Cemetery, Auckland|
|Memorial Reference||Plot 26|
|New Zealand Memorials|
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 (ancestry.com.au) [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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