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The son of Richard and Sarah Ann Fletcher, Richard was born in Wolverhampton in around 1875. He married Elizabeth Edge in the Wirral in 1899, and by 1901 they were living at Coppenhall Church, Cheshire. Richard was a bricksetter’s labourer. They were in Birkenhead by 1911, and Ricahrd was a labourer working for the Corporation Gas Works. They had six children – George W., William, Lillian, Richard, Samuel and Ernest.

Richard became a fireman in the Mercantile Marines, but he was on board the S.S. Lofoten when it was attacked by an enemy submarine, and he drowned as a result, on 4 February 1918. He is remembered at the Tower Hill Memorial.