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Are you related to Sapper William Fletcher?

Wreaths are laid at the Stone of Remembrance after the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Credit: PA

The Royal British Legion is on a mission to reunite medals belonging to a Warwickshire soldier killed at the Battle of the Somme, with his descendants.

The West Midlands branch of the charity is asking for any of Sapper William Fletcher's relatives to come forward. It has been handed two medals and a death plaque.

  • Who was Sapper William Fletcher?
  • Sapper William Fletcher was born in Arley in Warwickshire.
  • He was sworn into service on 10 June 1915 and went to France on four days later with 174th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers.
  • He was killed in action on 25 October at the Somme. He was 41-years-old.
  • He had five children and was married to Mary Rebecca Sketchley.
  • His last known address was Emery’s Cottage in Ansley, Warwickshire.
Poppies dropped at a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial in Thiepval, France. Credit: PA

Sapper William Fletcher's 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory medals and a death plaque were handed into the Legion’s Birmingham Pop In Centre on New Street after being found at Stechford Industrial Estate in April.

We are really keen to reunite William’s medals with his family and we would really like to hear from anyone who can basically fill in the blanks about his story.

As like many men he never returned to his family and he left behind a wife and five children. This story is even more poignant as 2018 will mark a century since the end of the First World War and we want to remember those locally who gave their lives.

– Royal British legion volunteer