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Forename(s): Joseph

Place of Birth: Burton-in-Lonsdale, Yorkshire

Service No: 129633

Rank: 2nd Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Engineers

Battalion / Unit: 'A' Special Coy 1st Battalion Special Brigade

Division: ---

Age: 28

Date of Death: 1918-03-23

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 8.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Joseph Fletcher was the son of James and Jane Ann Fletcher, née Jenkinson and brother of Private Percy Fletcher (50508) (q.v.). Their father was born at Burton-in-Lonsdale, Yorkshire and mother at Grayrigg, Westmorland.

1901 Ingleton, Yorkshire Census: Clarrick Terrace - Joseph Fletcher, aged 8 years, born Burton-in-Lonsdale,Yorkshire, son of James and Jane A. Fletcher.

1911 Birtle cum Bamford, Lancashire Census: Higher Tacklee, Birtle - Joseph Fletcher, aged 18 years, born Burton-in-Lonsdale, Yorkshire, nephew of Anthony and Alice McGuffie. [Joseph and his sister Alice were both working for their uncle, a farmer. Their grandfather, James Jenkinson, was also living there.]

The British Army Service Record for Joseph Fletcher exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Joseph Fletcher, 18109, W. Rid. R.; 2/Cpl, 129633, R. E.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Joseph Fletcher, 18109, 11/W. Riding Regt.; II/Cpl, 129633, Royal Engineers.

A short biography of Joseph is included in: ‘The Ingleton War Memorial, 1914-18, 1939-45’ by Andrew Brooks (2005).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

FLETCHER, Lance Corporal Joseph, [Ingleton], R.E., killed in action.


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2nd Corporal Joseph FLETCHER

2nd Corporal Joseph FLETCHER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Engineers

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Engineers

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Forename(s): Joseph

Born: Burton-in-Lonsdale, Yorks

Residence: Ingleton, Yorks

Enlisted: Settle, Yorks

Number: 129633

Rank: 2nd/Cpl

Regiment: Corps of Royal Engineers



Died Date: 123/03/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: (1st Battn. Spec. Bde., R.E.)

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Forename(s): Joseph

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 129633

Rank: 2nd Corporal

Regiment: Royal Engineers

Unit: 1st Bn. Special Bde.

Age: 28


Died Date: 23/03/1918

Additional Information: Son of James and Jane Ann Fletcher, of 6, Laburnum Cottages, Ingleton, Carnforth.



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17 December 1915

INGLETON – Recruiting

There was quite a rush at the eleventh hour to enlist under Lord Derby’s scheme, and the following presented themselves for attestation at the recruiting centres:–Messrs. W. Harper, E. Hutchinson, M. Whittam, J. Townson, W. Wilkinson, J. Wilson, J. Wilson, jun., H.J. Birkett, J. Fletcher, N. Monks, M. Ramwell, R. Wilcock, W. Burrows, W. Robinson, A. Sherwin, F. Brooks, W. Bradley, B. Lister, W.A. Longton, R. Jackson, W. Jackson, A. Tyas, T. Hutchinson, R. Robinson, W. Riding, T. Thompson, J. Thompson, J. Hutchinson, R. Fisher, F. Lambert, Jas. Townson, W. Clarkson, N. Preston, J. Hodgkinson, C. Barker, J. Batty, R. Foster, W. Emmott, J. Saul, W. Noble, Rt. Robinson, R. Sears, J. Slawson, J. Newsholme, H. Tomlinson, J. Ellis, C. Robertshaw, R. Farnworth, E. Coates, and N. Downham. Of these a dozen were rejected. The above list does not pretend to be complete, and the recruiting secretary (Mr. G. Walling) would be glad if any others who attested would forward their names to him, particularly as the authorities at Skipton have asked him to send in a list of all who have attested under the group system.

12 October 1917

INGLETON – Ingleton Soldiers

…Amongst those who have been on leave are… Pte. Jos. Fletcher, Laburnum Terrace, whose brother, Percy, recently died of wounds…

12 April 1918

Corporal Joseph Fletcher, Ingleton

Mr. James Fletcher has received intimation that his youngest son, Corporal Joseph Fletcher, Royal Engineers, has been killed in action. Before joining the Army, Corporal Fletcher was Chauffeur to Dr. Mackenzie. Universal sympathy is felt for Mr. Fletcher, who has now lost two sons in the war, whilst a third has lost a foot. When the sad news reached Ingleton, Mrs. Fletcher was in the Lancaster Infirmary, where she had undergone a serious operation. The flag at St. Mary’s Church was hoisted half-mast.

Second Lieutenant Whitley, writing to the parents, says Corporal Fletcher was killed while holding the line against the Germans. He was shot through the head and suffered no pain whatever. He adds:– “I am sorry to say we could not bring him back with us as we were almost surrounded. He was a very fine stout chap, and the section has lost it best Corporal. I need hardly say how much we shall all miss him. I have a cigarette case and a pocket case containing a photo or two, and 10 francs which I will send on.”

21 June 1918

INGLETON – Memorial Service

The third memorial service for those who have fallen in the war was held in St Mary’s Church on Sunday evening, when the building was packed. The service opened with the hymn ’O God our help in ages past,’ and was of a special character. The lessons were read by Mr. J. Harding, lay reader, and the other hymns sung were ‘How bright those glorious spirits shine’ and ‘Peace, perfect peace.’ The Vicar read out the names of those who had fallen since the last memorial service, viz., Capt. E. Walling, M.C., Flight-Lieut. R.B. Brookes, Sergeant T. Heaps, M.M., Segeant R.E. Walker, Lance-Corporal J. Fletcher, Private W. Metcalfe, Private E. Robinson, Private P. Coulson, and Private L. E. Redhead (missing). The Vicar paid all honour to the men who had made the supreme sacrifice; they had laid down their lives in order that we might live in peace, and what had we done or what were we going to do for these men who answered the call of King and Country? Were we worthy of their sacrifice? He urged them to make themselves worthy and not to mourn for them, for they had entered into their rest, but rather to reserve their sympathy for those who were left behind. The Ingleton Colliery Band played the Dead March, and Bugler Robert Howson sounded the ‘Last Post,’ an impressive service concluding with the National Anthem. A collection of £5 13s 6d. was taken towards a permanent memorial.

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12 April 1918

FLETCHER – Killed in action, March 23rd, Corpl. J. Fletcher, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Fletcher, of Laburnum Cottages, Ingleton.

12 April 1918


Three Ingleton Soldiers Killed

Mr. John Brookes has received official intimation that his youngest son, 2nd Lieut Ronald Baines Brookes, R.F.C., recently reported missing, is dead. It will be remembered that his machine was brought down in the enemy’s country whilst returning from a bombing raid on one of the German cities. He was 21 years of age, and had been in France since 1914.

The parents of Sergt. Thomas Heaps, who reside at the Model Village, Ingleton, have received official intimation that their second son, who was awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery in the field last year, has been killed in action. Sergt. Heaps was a fine specimen of a British soldier, and the sympathy of all Ingletonians go out to his parents. Several letters have been received from both his fellow soldiers and officers regretting greatly the loss of so fine a soldier.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Fletcher, Laburnum Cottages, Ingleton, have received official notice from the War Office that their third son, Corpl. J. Fletcher, has been killed in action on March 23rd. The family have been hard hit by the war, having had two sons killed, and one son lost a leg below the knee. Prior to enlisting Corpl. Fletcher was chauffeur to Dr. Mackenzie, and was exceedingly popular.

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