John Le Fleming : Rugby Player

Discussion in 'Sportsmen & women' started by Dolphin, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. Dolphin

    Dolphin New Member

    This is one of a series of posts to mark the international Rugby players who served in, and survived, The Great War. If anyone has further information on the men concerned, I’d be most grateful if it could be added to the thread.


    Le Fleming, John played for England

    Internationals: 1 : 1887 W+

    John Le Fleming was born on 23 October 1865,

    Played as a Back for: Tonbridge School, Cambridge University (Blue 1884), Blackheath, Barbarians, Kent

    Profession: Schoolmaster at Tonbridge School.

    War service: Second Lieutenant, temporary Captain, Kent Cyclist Battalion (Territorial Force) from 15 May 1915, later Captain, temporary Major from 15 October 1915, temporary Lieutenant Colonel 5 November 1915, Second Lieutenant, temporary Captain from 3 August 1916, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).

    Remarks: Amateur Athletics Association 120 yards hurdles champion 1887; athletics blue (hurdles 1886 –1888, hammer 1887). Played for Barbarians: v Corinthians (12-14) in 1892. Won Davos Bowl for ice skating 1893. Kent County Cricket Club 1890-1899.

    He died on 9 October 1942, in Montreux
  2. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    Jack and his brother played cricket too !!


    Full name - John le Fleming
    Born - 23rd October 1865, Eton House, Tonbridge, Kent, England
    Died - 7th October 1942, Montreux, Switzerland
    Batting - Right-hand batsman
    Bowling - Right-arm slow
    Occasional wicket-keeper

    Education - Tonbridge; Cambridge University
    Other Sports - Rugby Union for England, Blackheath and Cambridge University; Hurdles (English champion) for Cambridge University
    Teams - Kent (Main FC: 1889-1899); All teams
    Kent cap: 1893
    Main F - Kent (1889-1899)
    Miscellaneous - Gentlemen of Kent (1889-1892)
    Kent Second XI (1900-1903)


    Full name - Lawrence Julius le Fleming
    Born - 3rd June 1879, Eton House, Tonbridge, Kent, England
    Died - 21st March 1918, Maissemy, France
    Batting - Right-hand batsman
    Teams - Kent (Main FC: 1897-1899); All teams
    Main - Kent (1897-1899)
    Other FC - Army (1912)
    Minor Counties Championship - Kent Second XI (1914)
    Miscellaneous - Tonbridge School (1896)
    Kent Second XI (1897)
  3. Dolphin

    Dolphin New Member

    It looks like his brother was the CO of the 9th Bn, East Surreys, when killed during the first day of the German Kaiserschlacht offensive.

  4. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    I found this Gareth ! .... From the History of The East Surrey Regiment

    In Memory of

    Major L J LE FLEMING
    Mentioned in Despatches
    2nd Bn. (Commanding 9th Bn.), East Surrey Regiment
    who died age 38
    on 21 March 1918
    Son of the late Rev. J. and Mrs. Le Fleming.
    Remembered with honour

  5. relbuet

    relbuet New Member

    The war record of Lawrence Julius le Fleming can be found in Stokoe's book Tonbridge school and the great war. He was the youngest of 6 children who all went to Tonbridge school. He was present at the relief of Ladysmith and the battles of Colenso and Spion Kop. He went to France in oct1914 but was severely wounded by a bullet through the face at the battle of La Bassee. He was again shot through the foot in 1915 at zonnebeke. The third bullet got him and he died instantly on 21st march 1917. The book gives far more detail. Relbuet

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