Second Lieutenant Irving Russell Flett

Birth Date 23 September 1887
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Albert Park
Death Date 28 July 1916
Death Place France: Picardie, Somme, Pozieres
Final Rank Second Lieutenant
Units

Irving Russell Flett was born at Albert Park, Victoria on 23 September 1887. A salesman, Flett lived in Brighton, Victoria with his parents and a brother, Walter. Flett was appointed as second lieutenant in the newly raised 23rd Battalion on 24 March 1915. Flett departed Melbourne aboard HMAT Euripides on 10 May 1915. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant on 26 August 1915, just before the 23rd Battalion landed at Gallipoli on 4 September 1915. The battalion were soon manning the difficult and dangerous trenches at Lone Pine which they occupied alternately with the 24th Battalion, until the evacuation in December 1915. Following the evacuation, Flett was sent, via Egypt, to France with the 23rd Battalion. The battalion experienced a relatively gentle introduction to the Western Front via the Armentieres sector in northern France in April 1916. However, the battalion was to experience substantial casualties during the horrific battles of Pozieres and Mouquet Farm in July. Flett was amongst these casualties and was killed in action on 28 July 1916 at Pozieres, France, aged 29. Irving Flett was buried on the battlefield near the ruins of Pozieres and is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

Rolls

  • Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

    Rank
    Lieutenant
    Unit
    23rd Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • Roll of Honour

    Rank
    Lieutenant
    Fate
    Killed in action
    Date of Fate
    28 July 1916
    Service
    Australian Army
    Unit
    23rd Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Second Lieutenant
    Place of Embarkation
    Melbourne
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Euripides A14
    Date of Embarkation
    10 May 1915
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Timeline

Date of birth 1887-09-23
Date of embarkation 1915-05-10
Date of death 1916-07-28

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