Robert John (Bob) FLACK

FLACK, Robert John

Service Number: 3035
Enlisted: 26 July 1915, Bendigo, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: White Hills, Victoria, Australia, 28 July 1892
Home Town: Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Bendigo R.C. School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Pozières, France, 17 August 1916, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bendigo East Bendigo School, Bendigo Great War Roll of Honor, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

26 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3035, Bendigo, Victoria
29 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3035, 7th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3035, 7th Infantry Battalion, RMS Osterley, Melbourne
17 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3035, 7th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

"FLACK. - In loving memory of my dear son, and loving brother, Private R. J. (Bob) Flack, 7th Batt., killed in action somewhere in France, 17th August, 1916.

'Somewhere in France he is lying, He answered Australia's call; 

He died an Australian hero, Fighting to save us all.

We do not forget him, nor do we intend, We think of him always and will to the end; 

One year has passed, but still fresh in our hearts, Of our dearest brother Bob, so true and so kind. 

Rest in peace. - Inserted by his loving father, brother, Jack, and sisters, May, Annie, and Julia." - from the Bendigonian 23 Aug 1917 (

"FLACK. - In loving memory of our dear brother, Private, Private R. J. (Bob) Flack, killed in action somewhere in France, 17th August, 1916.

'Roses may wither, leaves fade and die. If others forget you, never shall we;

He sleeps not in his native land, But under foreign skies; 

Far, far from those who love him, In a hero's grave he lies.' 

R.I.P. - Inserted by his loving sisters, Annie, May and Julia." - from the Bendigonian 22 Aug 1918 ( 

"On the night of 17 August Private Flack was digging this new trench in no man's land near the German lines. His working party was under heavy shell-fire. At some point during the night the part of the trench Flack was working on was hit, and he was killed. Private Flack's commanding officer's wrote home to his father to relay the details of his death. They wrote "Your son was always a good steady worker doing whatever he was called to do cheerfully and well. [We are] trusting that the knowledge that your son met his death courageously doing his duty under the most trying circumstances will be a source of comfort to you all in your time of sorrow." Robert Flack was 24 years old. He had been in the AIF for just over a year." - Sourced from the Australian War Memorial Last Post Ceremony, commemorating the service of (3035) Private Robert John Flack, 7th Battalion, AIF, First World War.