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Richard Wellesley FLETCHER

Regimental number1522
Place of birthGlenorchy Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCivil servant
AddressClaremont Lodge, Moonah, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Herbert Sydney Fletcher, Claremont Lodge, Moonah, Tasmania
Enlistment date8 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Work near Jeancourt on 18 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 29 September 1918


Work near Proyart on23-26 august 1918.
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1918

Military Cross

'In the operations near Jeancourt, on 18th September 1918, he displayed conspicuous gallantry and leadership. Just before the final objective was reached his company commander was wounded, and he took command. The company was then in front of a very strong position on the west of Grand Priel Woods. He promptly attacked the post, capturing it, and over eight prisoners, with one 77 guns and six machine guns. Throughout the whole operation his work was characterized by conspicuous gallantry and leadership, and the example set to his men of great value.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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