CFHS code : PL146

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : headstone (War Grave Commission) 80610 Private H C FLACK Middlesex Regiment 8 November 1918 aged 31 kerbs In Loving Memory of NINA ROSE FLACK d Dec 3 1935 aged 17 scroll In Loving Memory of SUSAN EMMA REBECCA FLACK d Sep 3 1939 aged 51

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.201909, 0.13682309 – click here for location

Flack grave
Flack CWGC headstone


This grave, in the parish area of St Paul, is unusual, because Herbert Flack is buried alongside his wife Susan Emma Rebecca Flack of 15 Cyprus Road, Romsey Town, Cambridge, who died in 1939 and his daughter Nina Rose, who died in 1935. Thus their family grave has been built around his Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone—a very unusual situation.


Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone:

[regimental badge]
‘80610 Private H. C. Flack
Middlesex Regiment
8th November 1918 age 31’
“Death divides,
But memories cling.”

kerb stones:
‘In loving memory of Nina Rose Flack died Dec 3 1935 aged 17 years
“Loving thoughts will ever linger”‘

‘In loving memory of Susan Emma Rebecca Flack
died Sep 3 1939 aged 51 years
“In Jesus’ keeping we will leave you sleeping”‘

Herbert Charles Flack (1887‒1918)WW1 solider – see also Life Story page

Herbert was born in 1887 in Cambridge. He was the eldest of three children born to Charles Edwin Flack and his second wife, Sarah Elizabeth Flack (née Blackwell). His father was a house painter and his mother was a bedmaker at King’s College. His father brought up his family at 14 Wellington Street, 14 George Street, and then 3 Bentinck Terrace, Bentinck Street (New Town), Cambridge. Herbert followed in his father’s footsteps and also became a house painter (journeyman).

Herbert married Susan Emma Rebecca Barton on 7 June 1906 at St Philip’s Church, Cambridge. They had five children: Doris Emma (1907‒77), Gwendoline Ellen Olive (1909‒2002), Elsie Eva (1911‒2004), Herbert Charles William (1915‒2000), and Nina Rose (1918‒35). The family lived at 15 Cyprus Road (Romsey Town), Cambridge.

Herbert enlisted in Cambridge as Private (30934) in the Suffolk Regiment before being transferred to become Private (179202) in the I.W.B. (Infantry Works Battalion) Middlesex Regiment (Res) Garrison Battalion, then transferred to (80610) the Labour Corps.

Susan Emma Flack
Susan Emma Flack

Susan Emma Rebecca Flack (née Barton) (1888‒1939)

Susan was born in 1888 in Parson Drove, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Her parents were William Barton, a farm labourer, and Rose Barton (née Smith). Susan was one of their eleven children. She married Herbert Charles Flack on 7 June 1906 at St Philip’s Church, Cambridge. Susan married Herbert Charles Flack in 1906 in Cambridge. They had five children: Doris Emma (1907‒77), Gwendoline Ellen Olive (1909‒2002), Elsie Eva (1911‒2004), Herbert Charles William (1915‒2000), and Nina Rose (1918‒35). Susan died on 3 September 1939 at West Suffolk General Hospital, Bury St Edmund’s.

Nina Rose Flack
Nina Rose Flack

Nina Rose Flack (1918‒1935)

Nina was born in 1918 in Cambridge. She was the youngest of five children born to Herbert Charles Flack and Susan Emma Rebecca Flack (née Barton). Nina was less than a year old when her father died. Nina worked as a draper’s clerk. She herself died aged 17 on 3 December 1935 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge from toxaemia and diverticulitis and perforation. Her mother was present at her death.

War Graves Photographic Project
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837‒1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837‒1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837‒1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916‒2007
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914‒1919
Web: International, Find a Grave Index
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914‒1920
England and Wales National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858‒1966

Communications from Suzanne O’Bryne, great granddaughter of Herbert Charles Flack

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Herbert Charles Flack; Nina Rose Flack; Susan Emma Rebecca Flack