Fletcher, Joseph Harold

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold

Name / Enw: Fletcher, Joseph Harold

Regiment/Catrawd: 19th Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Captain (15779)

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Cambrai Memorial Louveral

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Panel 5

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory, British War and 1915 Star

Date of Death: 25th November 1917

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died aged 31 on 25th November 1917

The 1911 census places Joseph Harold Fletcher  in 8 King Street, Mold. He was single and a 25 year old manager of a brewery. He lived with his widowed mother, Eleanor, his 30 year old sister Catherine A and his 12 year old brother Charles. In 1911, he married Olive Muriel Bell from Rhuddlan. His CWGC certificate states that Olive’s address after the war was ‘Windyridge 68 Wentworth Rd Barnet Herts. His Flintshire Roll of Honour Card gives Earl Road as an address and is signed by E Fletcher – his mother?

Cambrai_01The battle of Cambrai was a famous WW1 battle bcause it was where the British, used tanks for the first time. The tanks made a spectacular breakthrough of German lines and considerable ground was gained. unfortunately the infantry was unable to keep up with the tanks and were left exposed to a relentless German counter attack and the ensuing massive losses.

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The memorial is very grand and majestic. It lists the 7,048 men who died in the battle but who have no known grave

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We found Harold’s name on panel 5