Fletcher, James Neville

James Neville Fletcher was a Corporal (2364) in the 1/6th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. He was aged 29 when he died of wounds on 28 May 1915.

He was buried in St Nicholas churchyard, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Was a boarder at Giggleswick School in 1901, the 1911 census shows him living with his mother Anne at The Drive, Gosforth, employed as an engineering draughtsman.

His battalion went to France April 1915; it is known that James died of machine gun bullet wounds sustained at Ypres, and he died in St William’s hospital at Rochester. The date he was wounded is not known, but almost certainly during the last few days of April.

The 1/6th Northumberland Fusiliers took part in an attack on St Julien on 26th April, they suffered heavy casualties and the attack was held up, they then withdrew to Hooge. Battalion casualties 26th to 30th April were 468 other ranks killed wounded or missing , 14 officers were also casualties, among them the brothers George and Howard Hunter, both Captains who also lived in Gosforth.