Harrogate Herald - 6th February 1918
Private William Fletcher, Royal Fusiliers,
has received the ribbon for the Military Medal. He is the son of Mrs
Joseph Fletcher, formerly of Belmont Avenue, Harrogate, now of
Bradford. He joined the Army in ???mber, 1916, and went to France
??? a year ago. He was 8½ years in the employ of Messrs W H Smith
and Son, stationers, etc., Parliament Street, Harrogate. His brother
is in the Navy awaiting appointment to another ship. The action in
which Private Fletcher gained the distinction took place on
October 23rd. writing the same day he says : The small pieces of
ground which had escaped the shells were knee deep in mud. We ????
off, and before we had gone ??? yards my work began. We had several
wounded at the start, and between the four of us we got them
together ?????? them all into one shell hole ???????? as we could
get them a ??????? of us pushed on a few ?????? our own men, and we
?????? for the next 36 hours ??????? which time we worked ?????. our
men faced death bravely. It was simply awful to see ????? lads stuck
in the mud and shot ??????. as for taking the wounded out of danger
I cannot find words to describe the journey.
Military Medal - Private William Fletcher, Royal
Fusiliers, son of Mrs Joseph Fletcher, formerly of Belmont
Avenue, Harrogate, has been awarded the Military Medal.