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Old 13-10-2012, 04:03
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Default Hugh Le Fleming

I have recently acquired a copy of 'Warships of World War 1' by Hugh Murton Le Fleming. This is an incredibly complex and complete catalog of WW1 warships. It is well illustrated and has some interesting features such as charts of British and German destroyer funnel arrangements.

While I see Le Fleming is credited with a large number of naval and maritime, as well as railway and other, titles I can find out nothing about him.

Le Fleming was obviously a prolific writer/compiler. Is anyone able to give me some background on him?

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Tony
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Old 11-03-2017, 21:00
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Default Re: Hugh Le Fleming

Hugh Merton Le Fleming was born in Wimborne Minster, Dorsetshire, England, 11 June 1902, eldest son of Dr Le Fleming who later became Chairman of The British Medical Association.

Educated at Tonbridge School, Kent and Clare College, Cambridge his calling was as a painter where he then enjoyed time in Paris learning his art.
He was also an accomplished engineer where he was taught under Collett at the GWR Works Swindon 1923 - 25 then for a few years becoming an Inspecting Engineer for The Crown Agents.

1929 saw him, unexpectedly, heading East working for the FMSR, Federated Malay States Railway, as Assistant District Locomotive Superintendent based from 1931 - 41 at Kuala Lumpur Sentul.

1941 returned to UK and the Admiralty working as a production Engineer in warship armament, then having to resign in 1946 due to ill health.

For the next 15years Hugh worked assiduously on matters closest to his areas of interest, contributing many authoritive articles in railway books and 44 editions for the Ian Allan ABC series covering numerous ship types, including the volumes most in this forum know, Warships of World War 1. He continued with his painting, predominantly trains from all over the World.

This knowledgeable and proficient perfectionist died at home in Chiswick on 10 Nov 1961, aged 59, leaving his wife and son.
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