FLACK, Jonah

No. 141947, Driver, Jonah FLACK
Aged 27

Royal Field Artillery, 'A' Battery, 173rd Brigade
Killed in Action on Thursday 21st March 1918

Born in Lakenheath, registered Mildenhall Q1-1890 [4A:772]. Baptised 7 Aug 1890.

1891 census...Aged 1, he was living at Mill Road, Lakenheath with his father- Simon FLACK [38] agricultural labourer, born Lakenheath: mother- Anna [34] (née BUTCHER), born Mildenhall, ; brothers- James [13] agricultural labourer born Lakenheath and Simon [12] agricultural labourer born Lakenheath; sisters- Rosina [4] born Lakenheath and Lizzie [2] born Lakenheath.

1901 census... Aged 11, still at Mill Road, Lakenheath with his father (now a worker in quarry); mother; brothers James and Simon, both ploughman on farm, and new siblings; sister- Clara [9]; sister- Maud [5]; brother- Sargent H. [3] and sister Violet [2]. It appears that sisters Rosina and Lizzie had died.

1911 census...Possibly he is the John FLACK, aged 20, working as horseman for farm bailiff Walter Mills at Plantation Farm, Burnt Fen, Soham. His parents, brothers James, Simon, and Sargent, and sisters Maud and Violet were living at Mill Road, Lakenheath with a new brother Albert Edward [9]. Another sibling had died.

The pension card has the family home as in Mill Road, Lakenheath.

He enlisted in Newmarket.
The British Army sent troops to assist the Italian in N. Italy after their defeat at Caporetto.
On 4 December 1917, the X1th and XIVth Corps relieved the Italians on the Montello sector of the Piave front, with the French on their left. The Montello sector acted as a hinge to the whole Italian line, joining that portion facing north from Mount Tomba to Lake Garda with the defensive line of the River Piave covering Venice, which was held by the Third Italian Army.
The Commonwealth troops on the sector were not involved in any large operations, but they carried out continuous patrol work across the River Piave, as well as much successful counter battery work. In January 1918, an additional sector of the defence on the right was taken over by the Commonwealth troops.
Jonah being Artillery may have been anywhere in the area.

The Bury Free Press of 8th June 1918 reported:-

Lakenheath has recently added another name to its already long roll of honour of its sons who have fallen in action. Mr. and Mrs.Simon Flack, of MillRoad, Lakenheath have been officially informed that their third son, Driver Jonah Flack, Ulster [?] Artillery, was killed in action on March 21st. Driver Flack who was 27 years of age was well known in Lakenheath and the district and his death is deeply regretted by his many friends. Sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved parents in their loss.

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No Known Grave
Jonah is commemorated on the Giavera Memorial, Italy (names in alphabetical order.

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