Robert Pearce FLOCKART

FLOCKART, Robert Pearce

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 25 August 1914, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 14 November 1886
Home Town: Camberwell, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Melbourne Scotch College
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Died of wounds, Gallipoli, Turkey, 15 July 1915, aged 28 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
At sea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Camberwell War Memorial, City of Brunswick Honour Roll, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

25 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Captain, Officer, Melbourne, Victoria
21 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 5th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
21 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orvieto, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 5th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
27 Apr 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Major, 5th Infantry Battalion
12 Jul 1915: Wounded Major, 5th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, GSW (head)

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Robert Pearce FLOCKART was born in Ballarat, Victoria on 14th November, 1886

His parents were Robert Munday FLOCKART & Henrietta PEARCE


Two of his brothers also served during WW1

1. Derwent Pearce FOCKART (Captain) returned to Australia in 1918 & died in Hobart, Tasmania in 1970

2 .Alan Pearce FOCKART returned to Australia & died in Victoria in 1979


"Robert Pearce Flockart was born at Ballarat, Victoria, on 14 November 1886 and received his education at Scotch College, Melbourne. Although employed as a clerk before the First World War, Flockart had a long involvement with the military. He was active in the Senior Cadets then in the Victorian Rifles and from 1912 was an area officer at Coburg. On joining the Australian Imperial Force on 25 August 1914, he was appointed a captain in the 5th Battalion. This was one of the first infantry units raised for the Australian Imperial Force during the First World War and Flockart departed for Egypt on HMAT Orvieto with this battalion just two months later in October 1914.

The 5th Battalion took part in the second wave of the Anzac landing on 25 April 1915. Flockart was evacuated to Alexandria soon afterward for treatment of the 'slight' wounds to the face he received on 26 April 1915. Promoted to major on 27 April 1915, he returned to the battalion on 17 May and received temporary command of the battalion between 18-27 May 1915. Flockart was wounded again on 12 July when he received a gunshot wound to the head. He was evacuated to the Hospital Ship Gascon but died on 15 July 1915. Robert Flockart was buried at sea and is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Turkey." - SOURCE (