Former Doncaster police superintendent and son of Mallard driver dies at 92

A former Doncaster police superintendent who was the son of a driver of the town’s world famous Mallard locomotive has died.

By Darren Burke
Tuesday, 22nd February 2022, 7:41 am
Record breaking Doncaster steam loco Mallard.
Record breaking Doncaster steam loco Mallard.

Gordon Samuel Fletcher, who was known during his younger and policing days as Ginger Fletcher, died on January 10 at the age of 92.

A retired police superintendent, his father was one of the drivers of the famed Doncaster-built loco which was the fastest steam locomotive ever.

An obituary said Mr Fletcher had died peacefully on the Mallard Ward at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

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An obituary said: “A loving husband to the late Noreen, and a much loved father to Lynn, John, and the late Steven.

“A grandfather and great-grandfather, he had a generosity of spirit, a ready smile, and a bountiful heart.

“A true Doncastrian, and loved always.”

His body has been donated to medical science.

Built in Doncaster in 1938, Mallard hit a speed of 126mph on July 3, 1938, a steam loco record which stands to this day.