1837 1/5th East Lancashire Regiment
Died of Wounds, 9th June 1915, aged 16
Lived at 158 Cleaver Street
Buried in East Mudros Military Cemetery, Greece I. C. 56.
Burnley Lads Club Memorial
Burnley Express 30th June 1915
Son of Henry and Annie Clough of 85 Keswick Road, Blackpool.
Fletcher’s father, Henry (Private 36072) was serving with the 6th
East Lancashire Regiment in Gallipoli.
BRAVE BURNLEY BOY
A DRUMMER’S GREAT ENTHUSIASM (Burnley Express 30/06/15)
Mr and Mrs Clough, of 158 Cleaver Street, Burnley received
official notification on Saturday of the death from wounds of their eldest
surviving son, Drummer Fletcher Clough, of the 1/5th East Lancashire Regiment.
The lad joined the Territorials a few months before the outbreak of war,
and celebrated his 16th birthday in the trenches at the Dardanelles. When
he first joined he was a bugler, but the official notification describes
him as a drummer, so he must have had a step up while away on active service.
Though one of the youngest members of the Battalion, he was so keen on
his soldiering that he was among the first to volunteer for foreign service.
His parents were present when volunteers for Foreign Service were asked
for, and afterwards he said to his mother, “You won’t claim
me out, mother, will you?” As a result of his persistency and the
country’s need for soldiers, his parents decided not to claim him
out. While in Egypt he wrote home telling his parents to let his brother
Albert, who is only 12, also go as a bugler. Albert attempted to enlist,
and much to his disappointment he was told he was too young. His father
has also joined a Company of the 5th Battalion East Lancashire Territorials,
which have been training in Burnley. The young drummer, as soon as he
heard his father had enlisted, wrote home expressing his pleasure at hearing
the news. He was a nice lad, and greatly liked by those who knew him.
He was formerly employed as a weaver at Messrs West’s Browhead Shed.
ROLL OF HONOUR
Clough-Died of wounds received in action
At the Dardanelles on June 20th, Drummer
Fletcher Clough, aged 16, and of the 1/5th
Battalion East Lancashire Regiment (Terri-
Torials), son of Mr & Mrs Clough, 158,
Cleaver Street, Burnley,-From father,
Mother, and family.