4644 Pte. Samuel Fletcher 18th (Queen Mary’s Own) Hussars

For many years there has been a photo a mounted WW1 soldier on the wall in a relative’s house, accompanied by a death plaque in the same name. The soldier is 4644 Pte. Samuel Fletcher of 18th (Queen Mary’s Own) Hussars, a regular who served in the British army prior to WW1.

Samuel was born 7 November 1888, son of George and Annie Fletcher, of Willenhall, Staffordshire, England. 

I had hoped to find a copy of his attestation papers which would provide date/place of signing-up, but I am informed that they were probably destroyed during WW2 bombing. During WW1, there were outdoor recruitment drives in Willenhall marketplace, but Samuel’s signing-up predates that time.

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