Africa General Service Medal 1902-1956 Edward VII, 1 clasp, Somaliland 1902-04. Captain H. W. O. Fletcher, East Lancashire Regiment and King’s African Rifles GVF


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Henry William Fletcher was born in 1868, the son of Reverend J. J. K. Fletcher, Rector of Whittlebury, Northampton.

Having been commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the East Lancashire Regiment, he was attached to the 4th (Uganda) Battalion, King’s African Rifles in August 1896.

Promoted Captain on 25 May 1902, he served as a Company Commander during the Somaliland operations. With fellow Officers of the King’s African Rifles, Fletcher was present for an elephant shooting expedition around Nimule during May 1906. When three of their party began suffering from Blackwater fever, he had attempted to assist those taken ill, but himself caught the fever and died on 24 May 1906, aged just 38 (Northampton Mercury, 1 June 1906 and Clifton Society, 7 June 1906 ); sold with copied research.

The medal named in the correct style for the period but the roll states a duplicate medal issued 7.12.1904