Richard Evelyn Fleming

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Captain Richard Evelyn Fleming
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1910 - 14 Aug 1977
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From National Portrait Gallery

Richard Fleming was brother to Peter Fleming, Kent’s first Intelligence Officer and also Ian Fleming, later to Command 30AU, a Naval intelligence commando. A fourth brother, Michael, died in France in October 1940, having been mentioned in despatches three times. Richard was commissioned from University to the General List on 3 July 1932. He married his cousin, the Honorable Dorothy Charmian Herman-Hodge on 12 May 1938. He died at Leygore Manor, Northleach, Gloucestershire.

He commanded the Lovat Scouts Section brought to Kent to train the XII Corps Observation Unit men. They may even have ben the origin of the title of Scout Section.

After his attachment to Auxiliary Units, he returned to the Faroes, where he commanded B Squadron of the Lovat Scouts. He was described as a fitness fanatic by his men, taking them on long route marches. He won a Military Cross while attached to the Seaforth Highlanders 18 July 1944. 

Unit or location Role Posted from until
Lovat Scouts Scout Section Scout Section Commander 02 Jul 1940 1940


Magdalen College, Oxford

The Lovat Scouts
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Commissioned or Enlisted
3 July 1932


Leygore Manor, Northleach, Gloucestershire
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He was a director of the family banking firm Robert Fleming Holdings in 1936 and was chairman from 1966 to 1974. He was also a director of Barclays Bank, Sun Alliance and London Insurance. He was a trustee for The Pilgrim Trust 1948-1975.

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Fleming wedding (from The Bystander 18 May 1938)