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Fletcher, Herbert Phillips

Major Herbert Phillips Fletcher, D.S.O., Major, 1st County of London (Middlesex, Duke of Cambridge's Hussars), attd. Royal Flying Corps, son of the late Professor Banister (and Bessie) Fletcher, of Anglehay, West Hampstead, N.W. , Architect; born London, 27 Feb. 1872; educated Norfolk, and King's College London; was an Architect and a Barrister-at-Law of the Middle Temple; on the outbreak of war went with his regiment to Egypt, and was seconded for work with the French; took part in reconnaissance work on French seaplanes, and was awarded the Croix de Guerre, both military and naval, for conspicuous bravery under fire; was afterwards in command of a British Observers' School; returned to England to obtain his pilot's certificate, and for future work with the Royal Flying Corps, and died 3 August 1916, at the Royal Flying Corps Hospital for Officers, Bryanston Square, London W., as the result of an accident while on duty. Buried in West Hampstead Cemetery. He was awarded the D.S.O. [London Gazette 19 August 1916]. He married 25 Feb. 1908, Lydia , daughter of T. E. Lindrea, of Westbury, Bristol. De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour

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Surname(s)Fletcher
First name(s)Herbert Phillips
Date of birth27 February 1872
Place of birthLondon
Family detailsSon of the late Professor Banister Fletcher, M.P., F.R.I.B.A., D.L., etc., and Mrs. E. J. Fletcher, of West Hampstead, London. Architect.
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / courseArts
QualificationsF.R.I.B.A., F.S.I., A.M.I.C.E.
Military unitRoyal Flying Corps; 1st County of London Yeomanry (Middlesex Yeomanry)
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Decorations / medalsD.S.O. Croix de Guerre (France)
Citation(s)For conspicuous ability and skill in the performance of his special duties, which have been carried out at great personal risk, and devotion to duty at all times
Date of death3 August 1916
Age at death46
Rank at deathMajor
Cause of deathAccident while on duty
Burial placeHampstead Cemetery
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel
NotesHis father was Banister Fletcher, (1833-99), English architect and surveyor. He designed several industrial buildings in Newcastle upon Tyne before settling in London in 1870. He built up an extensive architectural and surveying practice in which he was assisted by his sons, Banister Flight and Herbert Phillips Fletcher (1872-1916). In 1890 he was appointed to a Chair at King's College London, in which capacity he did much to further architectural education. He was indefatigably industrious, publishing many works, and, with his son Banister, his celebrated A History of Architecture (1896), which rapidly went into further editions, and became the standard work for generations of students.
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918

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