Mr Robert Fletcher was born at 47 Wilton Street in Belfast, Ireland on 2 July 1872.1 He was the son of Robert Fletcher, a weaver, and Jane Craig.
Initially pursuing a career as an insurance agent, on 18 December 1897 in St Anne’s Church in Belfast he married Margaret Boyd (b. circa 1873). By 1901 the couple were living at 108 Westmoreland Street in Belfast and Robert was described as a marine fireman. By 1911 they were living at 45 Fifth Street in Woodvale, Belfast. The couple had three daughters, Maggie, Annie and Martha, of whom only the latter survived infancy.
Fletcher’s ship prior to Titanic had been the Lord Downshire. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.
Robert Fletcher later joined the Royal Naval Reserve and served at sea as a stoker throughout WWI. He lost his life at sea on 31 May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland when the ship he was serving aboard, HMS Queen Mary, was attacked and sunk by enemy fire. The same ship as fellow delivery crew member Samuel Strange.