Service Number: 4811
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Fremantle, Western Australia, 1873
Home Town: Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 2 December 1916
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
Grave Reference: O. III. K. 6.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Fremantle Fallen Sailors & Soldiers Memorial
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World War 1 Service

1 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4811, 16th Infantry Battalion
1 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4811, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Fremantle
2 Dec 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4811, 48th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Westminster School

Private Luke Flanagan (1873-1916) was born in Fremantle, Western Australia in 1973. He was born to a British couple, William John Flanagan and Florence L. Flanagan, and was raised as a Roman Catholic. Before enlisting, Flanagan worked as a labourer. He was unmarried and did not have any children or siblings. He was never convicted by the Civil Power and did not participate in any part of His Majesty's Army, the Marines, the Militia, the Militia Reserve, the Territorial Force, Royal Navy or Colonial Forces.

He joined the military on the 8th of November, 1915 when he was 36 years old. On his enlistment paper, he agreed to undergo inoculation against smallpox and enteric fever. Flanagan listed his next of kin as his father, William John Flanagan, who lived on Danst Road, Claremont, Western Australia. His regimental number was 4811.

On the 2nd of December, 1916 he was wounded during a battle and was sent to hospital. He died of his wounds at the 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, France. His father was sent his effects; a lock of hair, letters, photographs, 2 wallets, 2 notebooks, aluminium ring, pencil and silver case, badges and 2 coins. His mother collected his memorial plate on the 13th of July, 1917. Flanagan was awarded a Victory Medal on March 14th, 1923.