Reading about the family of Ian Fleming in the Archive
It’s just a small newspaper report, but there are so many stories within this wee clipping.
The Leander crew who beat the New College (Oxford) crew to win the gold medal at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, contained one Philip Fleming. The nephew of Philip Fleming was a certain Ian Fleming, who wrote the James Bond stories.
Unfortunately, the newspaper does not list the individual members of the victorious Leander crew.
But you can trace the life of Philip Fleming in the Archive, by searching for his name. You can also read stories about the life of Valentine Fleming, Ian’s father, including, poignantly, the report of his death on the Westen Front in 1917.
Western Times – Saturday 20 July 1912
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