World War I
W.A. Flack

Initials: W A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Driver
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Unit Text:
Age: 25
Date of Death: 12/08/1914
Service No: 17126
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference:
Additional information: Son of Alfred and Annie Flack, of Sunnyside, Highwood.
When war was declared on 4th August 1914, William Alfred Flack was a driver with the Corps of Royal Engineers (reserve).He was 25 and was buried in his local cemetery only eight days into the war. He isn’t listed on the war memorials at or inside the church despite having been a local man. His father and mother Alfred and Annie Flack lived at Sunnyside in Highwood. The 1901 Census shows that Alfred was a wood carter and William was the oldest of three boys.
He was admitted to Shoreditch Infirmary in London on 6 August 1914 and died there on 12 August 1914. Looks like he was lodging with a Mrs Osland at 13 Nichol Street, Bethnal Green, London at time of been admitted to hospital.
He had originally served with the 4th Battalion, the Essex Regiment (Territorial Force) and was still a member when he enlisted in the Royal Engineers on 20 January 1908. He signed on for two years, going on to the Army Reserve on 20 January 1910 ‘on the expiration of his period of Army Service.
His brother George Thomas Flack served with the 3rd/1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Yeomanry, as Private 106154 (Originally 3013) He joined on 15 January 1916 and was demobbed on 9 March 1919 after having contracted Malaria and been sent home from Mesopotamia 1 January 1919. Family were living at Budds Cottage, Highwood, Writtle, Essex.
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