CFHS code : HS1
Parish : Holy Sepulchre
Inscription : In Loving Memory of WALTER FLACK b June 17 1835 d [April 21] 1909 also FRANCES MARY his wife b July 25 1836 d [Feb — 1925] also ARTHUR JOHN b [Sept 2 1866] line illegible also EDITH KATE FLACK b June 11 1870 [d Oct 16 1904] also JESSIE MARGARET b [July 7 1872] d date illegible buried at Newton in Makerfield
Monument : Stone cross (broken and fallen)
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
In Loving Memory of WALTER FLACK born June 17 1835 died April 21 1909
also FRANCES MARY his wife born July 25 1836 died Feb — 1925
also ARTHUR JOHN born Sept 2 1866
also EDITH KATE FLACK born June 11 1870 [d Oct 16 1904]
also JESSIE MARGARET born [July 7 1872] d date illegible buried at Newton in Makerfield
Walter Flack (17 June 1835 – 21 April 1909)
Walter was born in Cambridge and was the son of John and Eliza Flack. He was baptised at St Sepulchre Church on 9 August 1835. His father was a bootmaker, and Walter grew up at 9 Bridge Street. In 1851 John Flack was running a sizeable company employing 25 men. Walter became a shoemaker like his father. He married Frances Blinkhorn at St Sepulchre on 6 April 1858 when he was 22 years old.
Frances and Walter had at least seven children: Emily Matilda (1861-), Fanny Louise (1862-1948), Herbert David (1864-1922), Arthur John (1866-), Harold Blinkhorn (1868-1950), Edith Kate (1870-1904) and Jessie Margaret (1872-1898). The couple lived initially at 31 Brunswick Place (1871), before moving to take over the family business at 9 Bridge Street (1881). In 1881 Walter was employing 39 men in his shoemaking business. He died at his home in 1909 aged 72 years old. He had been seriously ill for the last two years of his life, and had not been involved in the business during that time. The funeral took place on 24 April.
Walter played a prominent role in town affairs, and served as a town councillor, and represented the Bridge ward. He was vice chair of the School Attendance committee and also served on the Watch Committee. He was also treasurer of the Higher Grade Schools in King Street and Paradise Street. He was a member of the Barnwell and Chesterton Clergy Fund, a founding member of the Church of England Young Men’s Society, served as a sergeant in the Cambridge Volunteer Corps and also served as Church Warden of St Sepulchre Church for over 30 years. His obituary in the Cambridge Independent Press said ‘his impelling motive throughout his public life was a high sense of duty towards his fellow-townsmen, for whose welfare he devoted unsparing effort and his death has occasioned widespread regret throughout the town and sincere sympathy with the widow and family’
Frances Mary Flack (née Blinkhorn) (25 July 1836 – 4 February 1925)
Frances was born in Cambridge and was the daughter of James and Frances Blinkhorn. Her father was an auctioneers clerk, and she grew up on Northampton Street. She married Walter Flack when she was 21 years old. After she was widowed she continued to live at Bridge Street with her son Herbert who had taken over the running of the shoe business, and her daughter Emily (1911). She died at 9 Bridge Street aged 88 years old and was buried on February 7.
Arthur John Flack (2 September 1866 – unknown)
Arthur was the second son of Walter and Mary Flack. He was baptised at All Saints Church on 4 November 1866. Aged 15 (1881) he was a border at the Brooks Grammar School in Thorne, Yorkshire. In 1891 he was living in Lymington in Hampshire and was working as a stationer’s assistant. The exact date of death is unknown. It is likely that he died away from Cambridge, and is just remembered on the grave memorial. The list of mourners at Walter Flack’s funeral did not include his name, so it is thought that he died before 1904.
Edith Kate Flack (11 June 1870 – 16 October 1904)
Edith was the daughter of Walter and Frances Flack. She lived with her parents and siblings, and aged 31 years old was living at Bridge Street and was not noted with an occupation. She died aged 34 years old at Peckham House in Peckham. Peckham House was a private asylum.
Jessie Margaret Johnstone (née Flack) (7 July 1872 – 19 March 1898)
Jessie was the youngest daughter of Walter and Frances Flack. She married widower Rev. Frederick Willcock Johnstone (1852-1906) at St Sepulchre Church on 12 November 1895 . Frederick Johnstone was a twice widowed Cambridge University graduate. His first wife Emily had died in 1889 and his second wife Frances Emma in 1894.
Frederick was Curate of St Peter’s in Newton-in-Makerfield (now known as Newton Le Willows) when he married Jessie. He then became Curate of St Peter’s in Hindley, Wigan from 1896-1900. Jessie became step mother to his two daughters from his first marriage: Leah (1886-) and Dorothy (1888-) and one son from his second marriage: Hugh Lionel (1892-1975).
Jessie and Frederick had two children of their own: Arthur Kenneth (1896-1932) and Jessie Beatrice Frances (1898-1993). Jessie died 12 days after the birth of Jessie Beatrice, most probably as a result of complications during child birth.
Frederick married for a third time to Alice Barnish in 1899. He moved to Kirk Sandall, just outside Doncaster to be Rector of St. Oswald’s Church. He died in October 1906 in Margate aged 53 years old. Arthur Kenneth Johnstone, Jessie and Frederick’s son was sent to study at the Clergy Orphan School for Boys in Canterbury (1911), and their daughter Jessie went to live at Bridge Street with her grandmother (1911).
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by Claire Martinsen
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