Mr Percy William Fletcher

Mr Percy William Fletcher was born in St George's, London, England on 3 February 1887.

He was youngest of five children born to Adam Fletcher (b. 1849), a domestic coachman, and Fanny Randal Middleton (b. 1853), natives of Lincolnshire and Devon respectively who had married in 1874.

Percy's siblings were: George (b. 1874), Alice Rose (b. 1877), Evelyn Maud (b. 1883) and Arthur Henry (b. 1884).

Following his parents' marriage they settled in Guernsey in St Peter's Port where their first two children were born before they returned to England sometime prior to 1881, initially settling in Frimley, Surrey before relocating to St George's, London.

When a four-year-old Percy appears on the 1891 census he and his family are living at 10 Bourdon Buildings, St George's. By the time of the 1901 census Percy is aged 14 and living at 52 Wharncliffe Gardens, Marylebone, London; with his father having passed away in 1898, Percy had already left education and was earning a living as an enamel and metal worker. Following his father's death he had been enrolled at St Mark's School in Westminster in September 1898.

When Percy went to sea is not certain but he would be absent from the 1911 census when his widowed mother and his siblings are residing at 26 Lessingham Avenue in Tooting, west London.

Fletcher was married to Mary Meaney 1 in Wandsworth, London in early 1912.

He initially signed-on to the Titanic in Belfast on 1 April 1912 for the ship's delivery trip. After arrival Southampton on 4 April he signed on again. He was paid the same as steward (£3, 15s per month) but actually worked as the ship's Bugler. He had transferred from the Olympic and gave his address as 26 Liscombe Avenue.

Fletcher woulds announce meals in the first class dining room with the tune "The Roast Beef of Old England."

Percy Fletcher died in the sinking. His body if recovered, was never identified.

What became of his widow Mary is unknown. His mother died near Epsom, Surrey in 1929.

 

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  1. Details about Mary Meaney are currently lacking; she was possibly Irish-born (possibly born around 1892) and living in London in 1912.

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