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Born: 1895, Yeadon
Died: 20 June 1918, Salonica
Buried: Karsouli Military Cemetery
Address: 48 Croft Street, Idle
Parents: George & Mary, nee Mitchell
Siblings: Frank, Ernest
Rank: L Cpl
Rolls of Honour: Holy Trinity, Idle; Greengates
Regiment: Royal Lancaster Regt
Horace Fletcher
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Horace was the eldest of three sons of George Fletcher, a plasterer’s labourer and Mary, nee Mitchell, a wool weaver. In 1901 the family were living at 35 Croft Street, Idle but later moved to No 48. We first read of Horace in the Shipley Times & Express on 31 August 1917: “Pte Horace Fletcher of the Royal Lancashire Regt, is in hospital at Canterbury suffering from a wound over the left eye. “He formerly resided at 48 Croft Street, Idle, and worked at Castle Mills.”
On 2 August 1918 the newspaper reported: “L Cpl Horace Fletcher, aged 23, of 48 Croft Street, Idle, was killed in action on 20th June. His colonel says he died instantaneously. “Employed at Castle Mills, Idle, he enlisted on 8th September 1914 and was wounded on 29th July 1917. “He was connected with the Greengates Wesleyan Church, with their football club and with the Greengates Liberal Club.”
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