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:

Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group (CEFSG) 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: