Fleming, Simon Denis St. Ledger (No. 166084)

Fleming, Simon Denis St. Ledger (Simon)

Lieutenant

No. 166084, Royal Artillery and Long Range Desert Group

Killed in action on Tuesday 13 June 1944 (aged 23)

Buried:

Foiano Della Chiana War Cemetery, Italy (Grave I. G. 1)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s)

BIOGRAPHY

Simon Denis St. Ledger Fleming was born in Bangor Castle on 6 January 1921 and he was baptised on 7 February 1921 in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s).  Simon’s father was Captain Harold Murray Fleming of the First Dragoon Guards and his mother was the Honourable Eleanor Clare Alice Bingham, daughter of John George Barry Bingham (the Baron Clanmorris), Bangor Castle.  His parents were married in Bangor Parish Church (St. Comgall’s) on 15 September 1915.  Subsequently the Fleming family lived in Great Barton, Suffolk.  Simon Denis St. Ledger Fleming was educated at Harrow and he joined the Royal Artillery in 1939.

In June 1944 it was reported in the press that the Clanmorris family had been bereaved.  The report stated that Lieutenant Simon Denis St. Ledger Fleming had been killed in action in Italy and that, previously, he had been serving with the Eighth Army in North Africa.  He obtained his commission in 1940 and was wounded in action in 1942.  He rejoined his regiment to take part in the advance from El Alamein and in 1943 he was seconded to the Long Range Desert Group.  Aged 23, Lieutenant Simon Denis St. Ledger Fleming died in Italy when his parachute failed to open during a descent on 13 June 1944.

Simon Denis St. Ledger Fleming was a grandson of the Fifth Lord Clanmorris and a nephew of the then Lord Clanmorris of Bangor Castle.  His grandmother Maude, Lady Clanmorris, was 82 when she died on 14 February 1941 and she was buried in private burying ground in the Castle Demesne.  Maude was the only child of Robert Edward Ward DL of Bangor Castle and from him she inherited the Bangor estate.  Maude married the Fifth Baron Clanmorris in 1878 and they had seven sons and three daughters.

Bangor Castle, with 129 acres of land, was purchased by Bangor Borough Council in 1952.

Lieutenant Simon Denis St. Ledger Fleming (No. 166084) is commemorated in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s), as are two of his uncles – Second Lieutenant the Hon. Richard Gerald Ava Bingham who was killed in action during the First World War and Commander the Hon. Edward Barry Stewart Bingham who was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry during the Battle of Jutland in 1916, and survived.