Policeman W. Fletcher in Police uniform. He was Steve's Great Grandfather and was one of the first Police Officers stationed on Mersea. He had two daughters - Maud (Steve's grandmother) and Lucy, and a son Ralph who was killed on the the first day of the Battle of the Somme 1 July 1916.
W. Fletcher was born c1853 and in the 1891 Census is Sergeant of Police at West Mersea. The 1894 will of Henry John May of Stone House, West Mersea tells us that HJM built a house behind Stone House (at the bottom of Firs Chase) for Policeman Fletcher.
Photo: Mersea Museum - Steve Sharpe
Image ID SVS_001
This image is part of the Mersea Island Museum Collection.