Other names: Sidney Frank
Locations in this story: France & FlandersThiepval Memorial, FranceOld Boundary Road, ShaftesburyHigher Coombe, ShaftesburyLittle Ridge Stable, Ridge, Chilmark, WiltshireLudwell, WiltshireCann Parish Church, ShaftesburyShaftesbury
Story: Sidney Frank Fletcher was born on 21st December, 1892, in Higher Coombe, Shaftesbury, and baptised at Cann Parish Church, Shaftesbury, on 22nd January, 1893. He was the son of William Fletcher, a Gardener, and Charlotte Ann Fletcher (nee Watts) and brother of William Henry (b.1894), who served in the Machine Gun Corps during the Great War. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a domestic groom and living Little Ridge Stable, Ridge, Chilmark, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Shaftesbury as a Rifleman and joined the 1st Battalion of the Rifle Brigade (The Price Consort's Own) (Service No. 6031). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 1st July 1916 and his name appears on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 16B and 16C). By the end of the war Frank's parents had moved to Glenlyne, 17 Old Boundary Road, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He is remembered on the war memorial at Ludwell.