Philip Cawthorne Fletcher
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Philip Cawthorne Fletcher was educated at Rugby School and University College, Oxford. After teaching for a term each at Rugby, Marlborough and Winchester he went to Charterhouse in 1908. He married in 1911 and had a happy family life for nearly fifty years.

On the outbreak of war in 1914 he joined the 42nd East Lancashire Regiment and served in Egypt and Gallipoli, and afterwards in France as Divisional Signals Officer, and became a Major. He was awarded the Military Cross. On his return to Charterhouse he took over the signals section of the Officer Training Corps. During Second World War he was Air Raid Precautions Sub-Controller for Godalming.

He was Mayor of Godalming three times in 1924, 1930 and 1936. In 1936 Fletcher presented to the town, Farncombe Cricket Club, which was formally opened by his Oxford friend, Clement Attlee. He had been active in restarting Godalming Cricket Club and was for many years President of Farncombe Cricket Club. A year later a silver key was presented by Godalming Borough Council to Major Philip C Fletcher to mark the opening of the Broadwater Cricket Ground, and which Godalming Town Council have in their memorabilia

In 1936 the Mayoress was the first to wear the gold chain presented by Charterhouse. It was during this third period that he read the ‘Instrument of Abdication’ of King Edward V111 on the 10th December 1936.

On Saturday the 12th March 1937 a silver mace was given by Charterhouse School and presented to the Mayor, Alderman P C Fletcher by Lord Midleton on behalf of the governing body of the school and by Mr R Birley, the headmaster in the Borough Hall.

He was to see the occasion of the Coronation of Sovereign King George V1 on the 12th May 1937.

For many years he took leading tenor parts in the Godalming Operatic Society's productions of Gilbert and Sullivan.

He retired from Charterhouse in the summer of 1945, and latterly spent many years renovating Hinton Priory near Bath, which he had bought in 1932, ‘Locus Dei’, and the second oldest Carthusian foundation in the country. This scholarly archaeological achievement earned him a Fellowship of the Society of Antiquaries.

In 2010 the Revd. Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester, a grandson of Philip Cawthorne Fletcher, opened and dedicated ‘Fletcherites’ a new day house for sixth form boys and girls, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Charterhouse in 2011. The house was named after Sir Frank Fletcher, headmaster of Charterhouse, who was a cousin of Philip Cawthorne Fletcher.


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