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Sergeant

Date is a guess.
Another soldier to identify,again found in the Doverhouse photo's.
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Picture added on 16 April 2009
Comments:
The period would appear 1914-18 and the 'Lemon Squeezer' hat and badge looks suspiciously like that of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade (Earl of Liverpool's Own). But then again...
Added by David Dawson on 17 April 2009
The sergeant also appears to be wearing a medal ribbon for the Military Medal issued for Bravery In The Field!
Added by Eddy Ross on 22 February 2010
Well spotted, Mr Ross. MM without a doubt.
Added by Ian Hourston on 26 February 2010
This is my Great Uncle, Sergeant Alfred Flett MM from Bigging in Birsay who emigrated to New Zealand South Island. His award of the Military Medal was announced in the London Gazette on 28.1.18 and he was killed in action on the 12th September 1918. He is buried in France.
Added by Sandy Paterson on 15 August 2012
26/556, Sergeant Alfred Flett of the 3rd New Zealand Rifles, 4th Battalion, D Company, citation for the Military Medal reads:- "For conspicuous bravery and good work during the attack on Passchendale Ridge on 12 October 1917. He showed splendid courage during the attack and consolidation afterwards, doing particularly good work in getting in wounded. His Platoon Commander and Platoon Sergeant became casualties, where upon he did very valuable work in assisting in the directing of his Platoon".
His brother,646097,Pte William Flett, also made the Supreme Sacrifice, aged 34, with 54 Canadian Infantry Battalion (2nd Central Ontario Regiment), fifteen days after Alfred was killed in action aged 31, buried in Grave 1V.D.1 Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery, British Extension, Pas de Calais, . William is buried in Grave 1.A.9, Bourlon Wood Cemetery, Pas de Calais. Brave sons of Ann and James Flett, Birsay.
Added by Nicol Manson on 30 March 2015
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