- Hugh Edward Fletcher was a son of Edward Hugh and Daisy Minny
Fletcher of West Ham, Essex. He enlisted on 16 february 1943. He served
with the Cameron Highlanders and on 29 september 1943 transferred to 156
Battalion. He served with No. 5 Platoon A Company. The author of the
book 'From Delhi to Arnhem' (John O'Reilly) wrote about Fletcher on
pages 157. He quotes sergeant George Humphreys of A Company: "To
the right was my Bren Gun team, lance Corporal Thorburn and Private
Fletcher, the No. 2 who had been called over by Delacour.
Here they joined four other teams all in line, using a pile of recently
cut logs for cover, whilst pouring fire towards the Germans. The
fair-haired Fletcher from West Ham was just 19 years of age. He had come
from the RASC as I had."
- On page 222 he quotes Humphreys again: "I kept remembering
the men in my section around me as we were going into the attack. Lance
Corporal Sandy Thorburn was further to my right on his Bren with his
number two Private Hugh Fletcher, and then ... nothing ... until I came
to. I looked around; all my men appeared to be dead; I thought I was the
- And on the same page O'Reilly wrote: "Still partly dazed
Humphreys re-joined his 156 colleagues. He recognised some men from A
Company and exchanged a smile with Thorburn. Fletcher had not been so
lucky, believed killed in the fighting near the Breede Laan, his body
was never found."
- Fletcher has no known grave. His name is on panel 9 of the Groesbeek Memorial, which commemorates by name more than 1000 soldiers who died during te campaign in north-west Europe between the time of crossing the Seine at the end of August 1944 and the end of the war in Europe, and whose graves are not known.