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Alfred Walter FLACK

Regimental number1706
Place of birthRichmond, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressLower Ferntree Gully, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 6.25
Weight118 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr Arthur John Flack, Lower Ferntree Gully, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (lived in exempt area under Compulsory Military Training scheme)
Enlistment date7 February 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name57th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/74/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Date of death incorrectly on Nominal Roll as 19 July 1917.
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death18
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 16), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
167
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 59th Bn, Ferry Post, 24 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presumed Buried in No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1070406, 1790 Corporal J.E. FLACK, C Company, 59th Bn, 13 October 1916: 'He was last seen by Cpl. C. Bickley X Pl. C. Co. during the charge at Fleurbaix, on the night of 19th. July. He was lying out in No Man's Land, about 100 yards from the German parapet, with a severe wound in the stomach. He had to be left there when we retired. I think he must have died.'

Second statement, 1705 Lance Corporal L. JOHNSTON, C Company, 59th Bn (patient, 2nd General Hospital (Casino), Havre), 20 November 1916: 'He was shot through the stomach near me in a little gutter in No Man's Land on the Fromelles front on 19th July 1916. I was wounded at the same time and we had to stay there 36 hours. When I crawled away Flack was dying. Stretcher-bearers could not go there owing to machine gun fire.'

Third statement, 1679 Pte W. COSTELLO, 59th Bn (patient, 2nd London General Hospital, Chelsea, England), 26 December 1916: 'On the 19th July in the evening at Fromelles we attacked the Germans. Flack was my mate. He was killed by a rifle shot through the stomach. I saw him lying dead two nights later and he was buried in No Man's Land.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FLACK Alfred Walter
Red Cross file 1070406

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