Major Robert Pearce Flockart

Birth Date 14 November 1886
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Ballarat
Death Date 15 July 1915
Death Place At sea
Final Rank Major
Units

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.

Rolls

  • Roll of Honour

    Rank
    Major
    Fate
    Died of wounds
    Date of Fate
    15 July 1915
    Service
    Australian Army
    Unit
    5th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Captain
    Place of Embarkation
    Melbourne
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Orvieto A3
    Date of Embarkation
    21 October 1914
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    5th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Captain

Timeline

Date of birth 1886-11-14
Date of embarkation 1914-10-21
Date of death 1915-07-15

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