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John Fletcher
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Name; John Fletcher Regimental Number: 67099 Rank: Private Battalion: 25th Battalion Date of Birth: October 3, 1895 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: November 12, 1914 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, Nova Scotia Address at Enlistment: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Age at Enlistment: 19 Height: 5 Feet 9 Inches Complexion: Dark Eye Colour: Brown Hair Colour: Black Weight: 135 lbs. Trade: Labourer Marital Status: Single Religion: Church of England Next of Kin: Charles Fletcher (Father) Halifax, NS Discharged: March 31, 1919 Year of Death: 1937 (Massachusetts) unconfirmed John Fletcher was the son Charles Augustus Fletcher (1867-1927) and Minnie Mary Fells (1874-1920). Having trained in Canada he embarked Halifax on the SS Saxonia, disembarking in England on May 29, 1915. On February 5, 1916 he was accidental wounded, a gun shot wound to his right foot. He was hospitalized and once recovered returned to the trenches on July 10, 1916. He developed pleurisy and was admitted to #6 Canadian Field Hospital on August 17, 1916 and returned to duty on August 23, 1916. On January 26, 1917 he was struck off strength with the 25th Battalion and taken on strength with the 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company. On July 11, 1918 he was transferred to the 7th Battalion. He returned to England on March 19, 1919 and was struck off strength to Canada. Private Fletcher was discharged March 31, 1919 at Halifax on demobilization. He returned to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and on March 31, 1920 married May Lillian Berry (1899-1960) in Yarmouth. Their were six children: Margaret Lillian (1920–1990; b. Yarmouth NS), John Melvin (1921–1989; b. Yarmouth NS), Catherine Elizabeth (1923–1963; b. Yarmouth), Alberta (1924–2001; b. Massachusetts), Helen Ann (1928–2000; b. Massachusetts), Roy Preston (1936–2009; b. Massachusetts). Roy Preston Fletcher, son of John Fletcher served with the United States Air Force in the Korean War.
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