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Fletcher, Walter Edmund

Date of death:
January 5th, 1941
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Graves Woodlands Cemetery
Plot: NR. Grave: 1379.
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant Commander
Unit:
H.M.S. Haslemere, Royal Navy
Awarded on:
May 16th, 1941
"On 5th January, 1941, Lieutenant-Commander Fletcher took his ship to the rescue of Miss Amy Johnson, who was piloting an aircraft which had fallen into the sea. Snow was falling and it was bitterly cold. The seas were heavy and a strong tide was running, but he dived in fully clothed. This brave and selfless action, which cost him his life, was typical of the fine spirit which Lieutenant-Commander Fletcher showed at sea and under fire while serving with the Channel Mobile Balloon Barrage."
Posthumously awarded
Albert Medal in Gold

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