Great War medallion finds a home

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WW1 medallion: Jesse Fletcher

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A second Bradford on Avon Great War medallion has been handed over to the family of a man who did not receive it in 1919.

Jesse Francis Fletcher, who was born in Ashley Road, died from a poison gas attack in France on the 9th August 1916. On 9th August 2018, on the 102nd anniversary of his death, his medallion was presented to his great nephew, Malcolm Fletcher, by Cllr Simon McNeill-Ritchie in Westbury Gardens. Bradford on Avon Museum chairman Mervyn Harris was on hand too.

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The medallion is one of a set that was discovered in Town Council Offices a few years ago and which the Museum has been holding for the Council. Medallions were intended to have been awarded by Bradford Urban District Council to all the local men who served in the war, but for some reason a few never reached them. In Jesse Fletcher’s case, he had died and his name was not included on the town’s War Memorial in Westbury Gardens.

The medallion was not part of the Museum’s collection.

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