Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, 6th Baronet

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Sir Henry painted by Norman Hepple in 1962.

Major Sir Henry Lancelot Aubrey-Fletcher, 6th Baronet, CVO, DSO (10 September 1887 – 30 May 1969), also known by his pen name Henry Wade, was Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire from 1954 to 1961.[1] He was also one of the leading authors during the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.

Life[edit]

Aubrey-Fletcher was the only son and second child of Sir Lancelot Aubrey-Fletcher, 5th Baronet and Emily Harriet Wade, though his father had already had another son by a previous marriage, but the child died in infancy, he was educated at Eton College and New College, Oxford.[1]

He fought in both the First World War and Second World War with the Grenadier Guards, being awarded the Distinguished Service Order[2] and French Croix de guerre[3] in 1917, he was a member of Buckinghamshire County Council and appointed High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire in 1925.[1] He played Minor counties cricket between 1921 and 1928 for Buckinghamshire.[4]

He was also, under the pen name of Henry Wade, a noted mystery writer and one of the founding members of the Detection Club.[5]

He married Mary Augusta Chilton in 1911 and with her had 5 children:[1]

  • John Henry Lancelot Aubrey-Fletcher (1912–1992)
  • Nigel Chilton Aubrey-Fletcher (1914–1980)
  • Lancelot Philip Aubrey-Fletcher (1919–2000)
  • Mary Elizabeth Aubrey-Fletcher (1923–1994)
  • Edward Henry Lancelot Aubrey-Fletcher, born 6 May 1930

After the death of his wife in 1963, he married Nancy Cecil Bull in 1965.[1]

Detective and mystery books[edit]

List of works published by "Henry Wade".[6]

Inspector Poole novels[edit]

  • The Duke of York’s Steps, 1929
  • No Friendly Drop, 1931
  • Constable Guard Thyself, 1934
  • Bury Him Darkly, 1936
  • Lonely Magdalen, 1940

Other novels[edit]

  • The Verdict of You All, 1926
  • The Missing Partners 1928
  • The Dying Alderman, 1930
  • The Hanging Captain, 1932
  • Mist on the Saltings, 1932
  • Heir Presumptive, 1935
  • The High Sheriff, 1937
  • Released for Death, 1938
  • New Graves at Great Norne, 1947
  • Diplomat’s Folly, 1951
  • Be Kind to a Killer, 1952
  • Too Soon to Die, 1953
  • Gold Was Our Grave, 1954
  • A Dying Fall, 1955
  • The Litmore Snatch, 1957

Short Stories[edit]

Policeman's Lot, 1933

  • "Duello" (Inspector Poole story)
  • "The Missing Undergraduate" (Inspector Poole story)
  • "Wind in the East" (Inspector Poole story)
  • "The Sub-Branch" (Inspector Poole story)
  • "The Real Thing" (Inspector Poole story)
  • "The Baronet's Finger" (Inspector Poole story)
  • "The Three Keys" (Inspector Poole story)
  • "A Matter of Luck"
  • "Four to One - Bar One"
  • "Payment in Full"
  • "Jealous Gun"
  • "The Amateurs"
  • "The Tenth Round"

Here Comes the Copper, 1938

  • "These Artists!"
  • "The Seagull"
  • "The Ham Sandwich"
  • "Summer Meeting"
  • "Anti-Tank"
  • "A Puff of Smoke"
  • "Steam Coal"
  • "Toll of the Road"
  • "November Night"
  • "The Little Sportsman"
  • "Lodgers"
  • "One Good Turn"
  • "Smash and Grab"

Other Stories

  • "Cotton Wool and Cutlets" (20 Story Magazine May 1940 - Sergeant Bragg story)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Lundy, Darryl (2015). "Sir Henry Lancelot Aubrey-Fletcher, 6th Bt". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  2. ^ "No. 30450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 December 1917. p. 17.
  3. ^ "No. 30306". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 September 1917. p. 9946.
  4. ^ "Henry Aubrey-Fletcher". cricketarchive.com. 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  5. ^ "The Detection Club: List of Members". Golden Age of Detection Wiki. 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Wade, Henry". Golden Age of Detection Wiki. 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Cottesloe
Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire
1954–1961
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Floyd, Bt
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Lancelot Aubrey-Fletcher
Baronet
(of Clea)
1937–1969
Succeeded by
John Aubrey-Fletcher