Alfred Edward Fletcher

Apr 24, 1896

Born in Littlemore, England to John and Sarah (nee Bishop) Fletcher


Mar 27, 1908

Embarked the SS Virginian in Liverpool, England under the name Albert Bishop with John and Sarah Fletcher and family



Apr 4, 1908

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Port Perry, Ontario


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 520

Ø  Next of kin given as John Henry Fletcher, father, Keene, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Cement Mason

Ø  Previous military experience given as 57th Regiment, Peterborough Rangers, Canadian Militia

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Assigned to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

His brother William Henry Fletcher and his half-brother Albert Edward Bishop
attested into the battalion the same day.  Note that they have consecutive temporary numbers, 519, 520 and 521.

Jan 2, 1915

Admitted to the Queen St. Military Hospital in Kingston with a diagnosis that reads Inflamed Tonsils


Jan 15, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jan 26, 1915

Admitted to the Queen St. Military Hospital in Kingston with a diagnosis that reads Inflammatory Rheumatism


Mar 15, 1915

Although he had been recommended for discharge from the CEF, a letter from Adjutant-General in Ottawa would not approve the discharge


Mar 23, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 1, 1915

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 21st Battalion as being medically unfit

He was retained on the CEF payroll for MD #3 in Kingston


May 3, 1915

Medical Board in Kingston notes that he is permanently disabled due to his rheumatism and that he be discharged from the CEF


Jun 3, 1915

A pension was granted for his service related disability and he was discharged from the CEF.  There is no actual discharge certificate in the file and this date is taken from medical records

The 1938 Canadian Census show Alfred and his wife Minnie living in Keene, Ontario and his occupation is listed as Poultryman

Alfred Fletcher died in 1992 and was buried in the Upper Keene Cemetery, Keene, Ontario


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