Biography

Birth date: 14 November 1886
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Ballarat
Death date: 15 July 1915
Death place: At sea
Final rank: Major
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 5th Australian Infantry Battalion

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 and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Major
  • Date of Death: 15 July 1915
  • Unit: 5th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of embarkation: 21 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 5th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Private Record

Flockart, Robert Pearce (Major)

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,... Maker: Flockart, Robert Pearce

1DRL/0296 (With records)

McCrae, Geoffrey Gordon (Major, b.1890 - d.1916)

Collection relating to the service of Major Geoffrey Gordon McCrae, 7 Battalion and 60 Battalion, AIF, 1914-1916, Egypt, Gallipoli, Cyprus, France. Collection consists of a diary kept by Major McCrae from October 1914 to December 1915; letters written by McCrae to his family between September 1914... Maker: McCrae, Geoffrey Gordon

1DRL/0427 (With records)

Photograph

PS0638

Possibly Captain (Capt) Robert Pearce Flockart, C Company, 5th Battalion, of West Brunswick, Vic. A clerk prior to enlistment on 25 August 1914, Flockart also served with the 51st Infantry, Citizens Military Forces. He embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Orvieto on 21 October 1914. He died of...

PS0638

A03182

Group portrait of officers of the 5th Battalion in front of the Sphinx at the foot of the Pyramids. Identified from left to right, back row (standing) Lieutenant (Lt) Alexander Rossiter Caughey, B Company (Coy); Lt William Douglas Stewart Manger, B Coy (later died of wounds in London on 21 July...

A03182

Digitised Collection

Letters from Robert Pearce Flockart to his Mother, 1915

Photostat copies of letters relating to the First World War service of Major Robert Pearce Flockart, 5th Battalion. The original letters were written by Robert Flockart to his mother in East Camberwell, Victoria, between 16 April and 9 July 1915. In the letters, Flockart describes the short voyage...

RCDIG0000247

Timeline

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