Walter FLETCHER
Rank: Private
Number: 18386
Unit: 2nd Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 4 October 1915
Age: 21
Cemetery: All Saints Churchyard, Marple, Cheshire

Walter was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs Walter Fletcher, Elmly Street, Marple. He had worked a piecer at Goyt Mill, Hawk Green. He attended the local Unitarian Church and it's Sunday School. He had also played football for the school team.

He was an early volunteer for the army and, although the 2nd Cheshires was a regular army Battalion, Walter did not join as a regular soldier.

The Stockport Advertiser, in its edition of 1 October 1915, reported that Walter had been wounded in the hip, on 6 September, but was back in Britain recovering at Highfield Hospital in Southampton.

The book "Remembered" by P Clarke, A Cook and J Bintliff, has more information about Walter, including a photograph. The authors note that the Battalion's only casualty for 6 December was due to an accident. No further details are given, although an accidental discharge of a rifle seems a likely possibility.

   
           
   
     
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