Hugh Edward Fletcher     


Servicenumber : 14422161
Rank : Private
Regiment : The Parachute Regiment
Unit : 156 Battalion
Date of Death : 20-09-1944
Age : 19
Grave :
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 only survivor."
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. 
Sources: Website CWGC and 'From Delhi to Arnhem'