Rear Admiral Sir John Fleming Signed Eagles Club Menu 1925 St John's College Cambridge
Fine original autograph of Rear Admiral Sir John Fleming (1904-1994), signed in pencil on the cover of a Dinner Menu for members of St John's College, University of Cambriidge, 'The Eagles Club', an elite men’s sporting and social club. The menu retains its original silk ribbon and has the embossed arms of the College on the front with a gold eagle. It is also signed on the inside and also on the back by other members of the prestigious club, dated 2nd May 1925.
Fleming was a member of Eisenhower's meteorological team whose forecasts were crucial to the success of the D-Day Landings in June 1944. After gaining his degree from Cambridge he enlisted in the Royal Navy as an Instructor Lieutenant in 1926. He joined the Naval Meteorological Service in 1940, however his duties involved more than just weather forecasts as the Fleet Met Officer on HMS Duke of York, which provided the raw information on which Admiral Fraser based his decisions during the Battle of the North Cape.
'The Eagles Club' is an elite men’s sporting and social club at Cambridge University. Cambridge is renowned for its elite clubs and societies which offer exclusive rights to its members, as well as huge networks of alumni in the best paid and influential jobs in the country. It was founded in the mid 19th century and is a society for the finest sportsmen of St John’s College, Cambridge. Once initiated into the club, members dine with girls’ societies that pass the social secretary’s stringent vetting criteria and are generally considered heroes around the college. There is somewhat of a historical rivalry with 'The Hawks Club'.
Size: 9 x 15 cm approx