Fletcher boys

Stop number ORANGE 14: Walk towards the tarmac path on your left and turn left to take this path almost to the top of the cemetery. When you are almost at the top, look to your left and you will see another grassy area of public graves. This area is for non C of E burials. Stop here to read the last story, that of Mrs Fletcher’s family.
Fletcher public plot
Fletcher public plot
Once you have read her story, and admired the view, proceed back down the path to the avenue of lime trees. If you now walk towards the Priory Road entrance, to your left, you can then begin another trail from there. You will also see the new war memorial established near the entrance in 2015 for all the local men and women who have given their lives in times of war.

Wycombe Hospital War Memorial Westboune
Wycombe Hospital War Memorial Westboune St (SWOP MHW24822)

Eliza Fletcher nee Witney (1851-1923)

I am Eliza Fletcher and I’m a widow, my husband James sadly died in 1915. He was a chair manufacturer and we lived at 33 Westbourne Street before I moved to Desborough Road. We had a large family to care for – eight children in total but I was to lose three of them, two in the Great War. There was Annie, James, Clara, Florence, Eliza, Joseph, Walter and Kathleen.

It was to be Joseph, who I was to lose this year, killed in July 1916 when he was 32, and the tragedy of losing another son has yet to befall us. When Joseph died we got a letter from his captain to tell us that he was missing after fighting took place on the 21st July but my hopes that he might be found, safe and sound, were sadly to be dashed.

In fact when they wrote in the paper that Joseph had been killed they used the photograph of James, his older brother, instead and I just hoped that it wasn't an ill omen. I suppose, in a way, that it was, but it was actually to be my youngest son, Walter, who was the next one to fall and James fortunately was to survive. Walter was killed in Aug 1917 when he was 29.

They were all in the chair trade and both Joseph and Walter were upholsterers. At least Joseph got to have a family, and he married Clara in 1905. They lived along the Oxford Road with their young children. Although Walter had taken a shine to a Pepin lass he sadly died before any wedding could take place. He had been 15 months in France and was in a salvage section when he was mortally wounded.

We aren’t the only ones to suffer of course and my daughter, also called Clara, married Fred Adby and Fred is to lose his two cousins Richard Adby in 1916 in Mesopotamia and Sydney Adby in 1918 in France. Their names will also be on the Wycombe War Memorial along with my sons.

Both my husband and I are buried in the cemetery, in E Uncon Public 613. This is a public grave so there is no headstone or memorial plaque for any of us.

Mrs Fletcher Mrs Fletcher researched by Sally Scagell and performed by Jan Caddie from Bucks Family History Society

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