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Howard Bowden FLETCHER

Regimental number453
Place of birthNewcastle New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationAuctioneer
AddressHanraki, 62 Prince Street, Mosman, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Ernest G Fletcher, Hanraki, 62 Prince Street, Mosman, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentSQSM
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 13 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Unspecified


Recommendation date: "July-August 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 23 December 1918
Medals

Distinguished Flying Cross

'On 24th August two of our machines, Lieutenant Fletcher being the observer in one, engaged seven hostile aircraft; this Officer and his pilot, in the combat that ensued, crashed two, one of which burst into flames on hitting the ground. Lieutenant Fletcher has also rendered most valuable service on photographic reconnaissance and in obtaining information concerning roads etc., displaying at all times a devotion to duty and disregard of personal danger deserving of high praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Flying Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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