Wilfred Field Carlyle FLOWERS

FLOWERS, Wilfred Field Carlyle

Service Number: 3732
Enlisted: 8 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, 28 September 1893
Home Town: Williamstown, Hobsons Bay, Victoria
Schooling: Central State and Grammar School, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, France, 19 July 1916, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, V.C. Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial, Williamstown Pictorial Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

8 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3732, Depot Battalion
23 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, 3732, 7th Infantry Battalion
23 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, 3732, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served

3732 Private Wilfred Field Carlyle Flowers of Williamstown, Victoria had been employed as a clerk when he enlisted for War Service on the 8th of July 1915.

Allocated to reinforcements for the 7th Battalion, 1st AIF Alfred embarked for Egypt and further training on the 23rd of November 1915. Following his arrival Alfred was transferred over to the 59th Battalion, and it was with this Unit he was shipped to France, arriving on the 29th of June 1916.

Alfred's service would be a short one, as within three weeks of his arrival his Battalion was committed to the 'Battle of Fromelles' and it was during this action on the 19th of July 1916, that Alfred was cited as 'Wounded and Missing in Action'.

A further Court of Enquiry held after the battle concluded that he was 'Killed in Action' but had no known grave.

By War's end there was still no sign of Wilfred's remains and due to his having no known burial Wilfred's name was added to the VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France.

Back in Australia, Wilfred's family had his supreme sacrifice made during 'The Great War' privatley commemorated at the Flowers's family burial site within Williamstown Cemetery, Victoria.