Walter John Fletcher

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Lieutenant-Commander Walter John Fletcher, R.N. (24 June, 1883 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Fletcher was born in Hanover Square, London.

Fletcher was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1904.[1]

He was appointed to the battleship Mars for one year, commencing in July, 1903 when he was moved to the battleship Illustrious for 14 months.[2]

From November 1905, he was appointed to the Royal Navy Barracks in Chatham. In June of 1906, he went to H.M.S. Bedford, and in July over to H.M.S. Terrible. A longer, two year stint in the second class protected cruiser Astræa commenced in September, 1906. From September until October, 1908, Fletcher was appointed to the second class protected cruiser Charybdis.[2]

Fletcher was appointed Lieutenant & Commander of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 10 on 30 November, 1908.[3] He remained with her until January, 1911, when he was appointed to the destroyer Ribble until March when he was moved to the destroyer Ure, remaining in her for the balance of the year. It is not certain that he commanded these vessels.[2]

Fletcher was appointed in command of the destroyer Defender on 13 January, 1912.[4]

Fletcher was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1912.

On 15 February, 1915, his wife contacted the Admiralty privately to report her husband in a state of complete mental breakdown.

On 9 March, 1915, Fletcher was placed on the Retired List as unfit for service, due to insanity.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Robert H. Downes
Captain of H.M. T.B. 10
30 Nov, 1908[5] – 14 Jan, 1911
Succeeded by
Alexander H. Gye
Preceded by
Charles G. Robinson
Captain of H.M.S. Ribble
14 Jan, 1911 – 28 Feb, 1911
Succeeded by
Edmond J. G. Mackinnon
Preceded by
Herbert M. Denny
Captain of H.M.S. Ure
14 Mar, 1911[6] – 19 Dec, 1911
Succeeded by
Reginald T. Amedroz
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Defender
13 Jan, 1912[7] – 2 Oct, 1914
Succeeded by
Cecil H. H. Sams

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 117.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Engraved napkin ring from his household, related in a contact form email from Brian Bradley on March 25, 2014.
  3. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 399.
  4. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 300c.
  5. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 399.
  6. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 388.
  7. The Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 300c.