RONALD FLETCHER 1893–1975
Brother of Arthur
Born 21st March 1893 in Farnsfield
Baptised 4th August 1895 St Michael’s Church, Farnsfield
Married 12th January 1916 to Ethel Mary Smalley age 23
Son Victor Claude born 19th February 1921
Died March 1975, age 82
Radcliffe School Register
Admitted to school on 5 July 1897, Admission number: 1389
Age 8 living with father Joseph, 31, a general labourer born in Radcliffe on Trent, mother Emily (née Holmes) 28, born in Farnsfield, brother Arthur 4 and sister Ada, 1. They lived on Bailey Lane, Radcliffe on Trent.
Age eighteen living with father Joseph, a carpenter’s labourer on the railway, mother Emily, brothers Arthur, a gentleman’s gardener, Jack, four, sisters Ada and Doris, two. They lived on Bailey Lane, Radcliffe on Trent in a house with five rooms. He was employed as a grocer’s porter.
Rank: Private. Lance Corporal by 21 March 1918
Service Number: 306525
Military Unit: 2/6th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters, 176th Brigade, 59th (2nd North Midland) Division
Theatre of War: France and Flanders. The 2/6th were in Ireland from April 1916 and then France from January 1917 to July 1918.
5.11.17: Listed as ‘Wounded’ on War Office list no. 5562
10.5.18: Listed as ‘Missing’ on War Office list no. 5408
09.10.18: Previously reported missing, now reported Prisoner of War in lists received from the German Government.
Ronald Fletcher was captured at Bullecourt, northern France, on 21 March 1918 at the start of the German Spring Offensive. Rank: Lance Corporal, B Company, 2/6th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters at this date. He was imprisoned in Münster I camp, situated in open country outside Münster in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He remained there until the beginning of May 1918, then on 6 May was transferred to Güstrow camp, located in pine-woods 5 km (3 miles) from Güstrow in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, north-eastern Germany.
Edward Harris and Isaac Saint on the ROH were captured at Bullecourt on the same date as Ronald Fletcher.
Medals Awarded: British War and Victory
Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register
Twin Cottage, Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent. Living with Fanny Smalley.
Address: Bingham Road, Radcliffe
Employment: Grocery Assistant, Nottm Cooperative Society, Radcliffe
Household: wife Ethel, son Victor, mother in law Fanny Smalley
1922 Electoral Register
Address: Twin Cottages, Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent
Address: Twin Cottage, Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent
Occupation: Grocery shop manager
Household: living with wife Ethel, son Victor, an apprentice electrician, and Ethel’s mother Fanny.
Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour
Lived in Twin Cottage, Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent