|Date of birth:||1887|
|Place of birth:||Marchwood, Southampton|
|Died:||22nd April 1918 aged 29 or 30 years of age|
|Death location:||West Flanders, Belgium|
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Before the War
Reginald Percy Fletcher was the son of Isaac Brackstone and his second wife, Florence Sarah, nee Swift. Isaac was born in Southampton on 4th January 1815. His first wife was Elizabeth Saunders; they had two sons ‒ Ashby (born 1849, died 1879), and Frederick William who married in 1875 and went to live in Middlesex.
On the 1881 census Isaac is shown as a Widower living with a niece, Isabel, and a domestic servant; he was a Chemist and Druggist, employing one Assistant Apprentice.
Isaac then married Florence, who was from Sheffield, in 1886. Isaac was 71 and Florence was 24. Reginald was born in Marchwood in 1887.
On the 1891 census the family was living at 11 High Street, Totton. In 1901 Isaac died aged 86 in South Stoneham.
The 1901 census shows Reginald and his mother living at 58 Park Road, Shirley. By the 1911 census he was a lodger at Pembroke House, Brinton’s Terrace, Southampton, along with his mother who remarried and was now Mrs John Cornelius Turner.
Reginald’s occupation is shown as Credit Drapery Collector.
Reginald enlisted in Southampton; he served as a Private in the 1st Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment.
He was killed in action on 22nd April 1918 and was entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
He is memorialised on the Commonwealth War Graves, Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 73; also on the Southampton Cenotaph and the World War One tablet inside St Mary’s Church, South Stoneham, Southampton.
NB. on the memorial in St Mary’s he is shown as a Lance Corporal.
He left his estate to his mother – a widow again – living at Harmsworth Cottage, Ashtree Road, Bitterne Park, the sum of £263 16s 8d, which equates to approximately £16,348.35 in 2015.
Florence died in Winchester in 1945.
Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll
Time at Taunton’s School: 1899 – 1900
Education & Employment: Percy was born on 12th March 1887 in Totton. Before joining Taunton’s he attended Bevois Town Board School. After leaving school he worked as a Credit Collector for a Drapery.
Life during the War: Reginald’s father, a retired chemist, died in 1901. His mother later remarried and they lived on Brinton’s Terrace in the St Mary’s area of Southampton by 1911. Reginald lived on Ashtree Road in Bitterne Park when he joined the army. He fought with the 1st Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment and was killed in action in France. He is remembered on the Loos Memorial in Pas de Calais.
Reginald died on 22nd April 1918 aged 31 years.
|Published:||30th June 2015|
|Updated:||Insert dates here|
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