Flockart, Robert Pearce (Major)

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Accession Number 1DRL/0296
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 13 items
Object type Letter
Maker Flockart, Robert Pearce
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1915
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/599
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the service of Major Robert Pearce Flockart, 5 Battalion, Egypt and Gallipoli, 1915. Collection includes photostat copies of Flockart's letters to his mother in East Camberwell, Victoria, written between April 1915 and July 1915, describing journey to Gallipoli, sightseeing, active service and wounding on Gallipoli. Copies made by Australian War Memorial, Melbourne, 1928. Location of originals unknown.

History / Summary

This collection of letters covers the period from April to July 1915, during which Flockart traveled from Mena to Gallipoli, was wounded on Gallipoli, convalesced at Alexandria and returned to the Peninsula. The letters reflect an intelligent young Australian man who is mindful of his mother's anxiety and who writes with wry humour about his situation. It is clear from these letters that Flockart was a cultured man of good education who, nonetheless, bore the discomforts of his military service cheerfully.

Biographical note: Major Robert Pearce Flockart, 5th Battalion, AIF, who died on 15 July 1915 of wounds received at Anzac. Other biographical details concerning him are: clerk, of Camberwell, Victoria, born Ballarat, Victoria, 14 November 1886; educated at Scotch College, Melbourne; was a lieutenant in the Senior Cadets, 1906, then in the Victorian Rifles, and from 1912 was an area officer at Coburg; joined the AIF as a captain on 25 August 1915; promoted major, 27 April 1915.