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Second Lieutenant Leslie Morley Fletcher

71 Squadron Royal Flying Corp
Killed in Flying Accident, Castle Bromwich, 5th July 1917 aged 19

  • Buried: Curdworth St Nicholas Churchyard
  • Awarded British War and Victory Medals
  • Son of Eustace and Emily Maud Fletcher
  • NNWFHS Memorial: Curdworth Airmen Memorial

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  • Born 6 Jul 1898 in Leeds
  • Lived at 73 Victoria Road, Headingley [1901]
  • Lived at 30 Grosvenor Place, Newcastle on Tyne [1911]

    Summary of Flying Accident
    Second Lieutenant Leslie Morley Fletcher, 19, was killed on July 5 1917 in a Sopwith Strutter of 71 Squadron when it side-slipped and crashed on take-off from the airfield. He has a private memorial and was from the Australian Flying Corps. Another Australian who was his passenger, Air Mechanic A.J Merritt, was badly burned in an attempt to save the pilot’s life; he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

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