INDENTLieutenant Colonel William Alfred Littledale Fletcher, D.S.O., born at Childwall Lancashire, educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. An Oxford 'Blue' for rowing, was in the winning boat on four occasions and became world famous as an Oarsman, winning the Goblets twice at Henley and many other significant trophys (see D.S.O. Vol.II for comprehensive details of his sporting activities). He served with the 32nd Company (Lancashire Hussars) Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa, 1899-1900 where he distinguished himself during a surprise Boer attack on the small British outpost of Hamel Fontein Farm near Philipstown 29 October 1901. Composed of 20 Yeomanry and 9 Grenadier Guardsmen under the command of Lieutenant Fletcher, the small force held out against a superior force of Boers for 11 hours and eventually beat them off. (D.S.O. London Gazette 27.9.1901 - Insignia presented by the King 29 October 1901). He served during the Great War and during the later stages commanded the 2/6th Bn.Liverpool Regiment in France (Brevet of Major; thrice Mentioned in Despatches; Legion of Honour). Following a long illness brought about by being gassed at Armentières in the Great War, Lieut.Colonel Fletcher died of Broncho-pneumonia 14 February 1919.