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Joseph Fleming was born on the 26th August 1895 at 509 Dalmarnock Road, Bridgeton, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. He was the academically gifted son of Robert Fleming (1866-1943), a Wireweaver Journeyman and Draper, and Janet Fleming (nÃ©e McAuslan), married on the 12th July 1894 in Bridgeton and who later lived at 34 Cumlodden Drive, Maryhill. Seventeen year old Joseph first matriculated at University of Glasgow in the autumn of 1912. Later the family moved to Cambuslang. Joseph was educated at Hutchesonâ€™s Grammar School, where he finished his secondary years as dux medallist. In the Bursary competition of June 1912 he took fifth place, winning the John Clark Bursary.
His record at University was no disappointment. In first year he enrolled in Ordinary English, Greek and Roman History and gained distinctions in Latin and Greek. In second year he took Intermediate Honours in Classics and Roman History and again was listed among the top of his class, as he was for his second place in Ordinary Logic in his third year. Although technically he left for the Army before he could graduate, he was posthumously awarded an Honours pass in Classics in May 1917 under a Senate rule, passed in February 1915 which acknowledged that a candidate who had in effect reached the required standards would be entitled to an unclassified pass.
By that time Joseph had fought at the Western Front. 2nd Lieutenant Fleming joined the 6th Bn. Highland Light Infantry. Attached to the 4th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers he fought at the Battle of the Somme and lost his life on the 15th September 1916. Aged 21, 2nd Lieutenant Fleming was buried at Bazentin-le-Petit Communal Cemetery to the north of Albert. His name is remembered at his old school, on the Hutchesonâ€™s Grammar War Memorial.
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University of Glasgow Faculty and Registry records, Prize lists, Calendars, Degree Exams (GUAS Ref: R/5/33/3-R/5/35/3).
Burial Place: Commonwealth War Gra