|1. Grave:||Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery||XXI. Q. 24.|
|2. Book:||The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918||Pg.122|
|3. Memorial:||The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour||21A GQS|
Awards & Titles:
Family :Son of the late Edward and Frances Fletcher; husband of Dorothy Elizabeth Wakelen (formerly Fletcher), of Kent Gate, Addington, Surrey. Born in London.
Education & Career :
Sergeant, Mooltan (1914)
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
|Unit / Ship / Est.: 2nd Battalion Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)|
|Action : Mesopotamia|
At the outbreak of war the British, together with Indian troops, resolved to protect oil supply in the region by occupying the area around Basra at Abadan. This evolved into a series of campaigns towards Baghdad against the Turkish forces as Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) was part of the Ottoman Empire. Meetings in late 1914 and into 1915 led the Viceroy and Indian government at Simla to reconsider the limited involvement of troops and they decided to order further advances with a view to securing the Shatt-al-Hai, a canal connecting the Tigris and Euphrates river and potentially capturing Baghdad. The British government disagreed and wished to conserve forces for the Western front. The Viceroy was given permission to act as it wished, but told in no uncertain terms that no reinforcements should be expected.
The initial success experienced by the British and Indian forces quickly disintegrated in the face of Ottoman opposition. The Siege of Kut-Al-Amara began on 7th December with the besieging of an 8,000 strong British-Indian garrison in the town of Kut, 100 miles south of Baghdad, by the Ottoman Army. These campaigns produced few tactical benefits, indeed the catastrophic defeat at Kut in 1916 was a major setback. Badhdad was eventually taken in March 1917.
The conditions in Mesopotamia were dreadful. The climate, sickness and disease produced large losses in addition to battle casualties. About as many men died of disease as were killed in action. The Mesopotamia front was part of a strategy hoping for success at lower cost than the Western Front but no decisive victory was achieved.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Mooltan No. 1307 E.C.||Bengal|
12th May 1914
9th June 1914
14th July 1914
The record in the register of the Lodge at the United Grand Lodge of England shows that he was "Killed in Action 17th June 1917" contradicting a date of 23rd September 1916 originally researched for CSM T. Fletcher of the Queen's Own.
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- Founder Researchers : Paul Masters & Mike McCarthy
- Researcher : Bruce Littley