Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Private Orville Osborne Fletcher

Born on 16 March 1892 in Campbellville, Ontario - brother of Mrs. Thomas Richardson, Campbellville, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer, single, no current or previous military service, Wesleyan, height of 5 feet 9 inches, chest of 37 inches fully expanded, ruddy complexion, grey eyes, blonde hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 21 April 1915 (number 410093) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 18 November 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Fletcher's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

1 comment:

Richard Laughton said...

Orville Osbourne Fletcher is listed on the Haltonville Cenotaph in Milton Ontario Canada. His summary is included on the web site of the Milton Historical Society - Milton Soldiers of the Great War:

http://www.miltonhistoricalsociety.ca/Research/Web%20Sites/Milton%20Soldiers/WWI%20Soldier%20Details/fletcher.htm