Rank: Private
Service Number: 16286.
Regiment: 2nd Bn. South Lancashire Regiment Wednesday 15th March 1916 Age 20County Memorial Runcorn
Herman Fletcher was only 20 years old when he was killed. He was the son of the late Mr and Mrs Thomas Fletcher of Dukes Fields.
Prior to enlistment he was a painter employed by a Mr TC Tonks of Runcorn, and lived with his sister at 17 Cartwright Street, Runcorn.
He enlisted in January 1915 in the South Lancashire Regiment and had been at the front for almost a year.

He died after receiving wounds from the accidental bursting of a bomb on 15th March 1916, the news first being reported by a friend to his brother. 

The wound he received was to his leg, after which he remained conscious and was taken to No 9 Casualty Clearing Station. Th matron who nursed him, was from Liverpool and wrote a letter to his mother about his last few hours. She states that he lost alot of blood. 
The Regimental Chaplain also wrote to his relatives, informing them how brave he was and that he has been buried in a Military Cemetery. 

Compiled by Graeme Ainsworth