Herbert Charles Flack (1887‒1918)
Died on 8 November 1918 at the age of 31, was initially a Private (30934) in the Suffolk Regiment, was transferred as a Private (179202) to the I.W.B. (Infantry Works Battalion) Middlesex Regiment (Res) Garrison Battalion, then transferred to (80610) the Labour Corps.

Herbert Charles Flack
Herbert Charles Flack

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. He worked for the Cherryhinton Road Military Hospital Combatant Staff. It was a specialist venereal disease hospital. Herbert died at the 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge on 8 November 1918 from influenza and pneumonia.

Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 22 November 1918
FLACK – On 8th November, at the 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge, Pte. H. C. Flack of the Cherryhinton-road Military Hospital Combatant Staff, aged 31 years. – Mrs. Flack and Family wish to thank the many friends and neighbours for their kind help and sympathy in her sad and sudden loss.

Flack grave
Flack monument


Lat Lon : 52.201909, 0.13682309 – click here for location

Parish : St Paul

See family grave page for more information




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