William Henry Fletcher

Feb 7, 1895

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 521

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

Ø  Previous occupation given as Clerk

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

There is no actual attestation paper in the service file.  The details of his enlistment are taken from other documents in the file

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


Jan 23, 1915

Admitted to the Kingston Military Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Rheumatism


Mar 4, 1915

Medical Board in Kingston makes note of Inflammatory Rheumatism and recommends that he be discharged as medically unfit for service as the condition is considered permanent


Apr 1, 1915

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 21st Battalion as medically unfit but remained on the MD #3 payroll


Jun 1, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 2, 1915

Discharged from the CEF and a pension granted

He was seen by medical boards in Kingston periodically from June 1, 1915 until November of 1919


Sep 19, 1928

Married to Letitia May Wedlock in Peterborough, Ontario

His occupation is listed as Fur Buyer


Jul 7, 1937

Admitted to the Christie St. Hospital in Toronto with a diagnosis that reads VDH (Valvular Disease of the Heart)


May 30, 1938

William Fletcher died of heart disease while a patient in the Christie St. Hospital, Toronto, Ontario and he was buried in the Upper Keene Cemetery, Keene, Ontario.


His death was considered a result of his active service

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Sarah Ann Fletcher, Keene, Ontario.  There was no Memorial Cross issued to his widow as he married after he was discharged


From the 1938 summer edition of the Communiqué
(the 21st Battalion’s post war newsletter)


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