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18811-private-george-flook-1George Flook’s birth was registered in the District of Toxteth in Liverpool in the December quarter of 1883. He appears to have been the only child of stonemason Robert Cater Flook and Mary Hammond Virgo who married in St. Luke’s Church in Liverpool in 1881.

By 1891 George and his parents had moved to 32 Hawes Side, Marton near Blackpool where his father was working as a stonemason. Between 1891 and 1901 the family relocated to Lytham and moved into 35 Nelson Street. George was a house painter by trade and his father was still working as a stonemason. Sadly, George`s father passed away in 1904 and three years later his mother was admitted to Whittingham Asylum, the reception order was dated 9th December 1907.

When the Census was taken in 1911 George, still working as a house painter was boarding in the home of James and Martha Birkenhead and their son Thomas at 39 Clifton Street in St. Anne`s.

In the September quarter of 1911 George married Mary Hughes in the Parish Church in St. Anne`s, later that same year a son Robert was born. He was followed by a second son George in 1913 and then the couples` third child, another son, John was born in the March quarter of 1915.

At some point after the outbreak of war George enlisted into the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and was issued with the service number 18811. On the 15th October 1915 he was sent out to the Dardanelles to join the 6th Battalion LNL and whilst with the 6th Battalion it seems he was wounded and subsequently had to return to England for treatment. After recovery and convalescence he would have been posted back to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion to prepare for going back out to the front. At some point he was then sent to France where on arrival he was posted to the 1st Battalion, unfortunately there is no other information on his service.

During the course of the 1st Battalion`s actions on the Somme in the summer of 1916 George was quite badly wounded and as a consequence he was sent back to England. He was admitted to No.1 War Hospital in Reading where sadly he finally succumbed to his wounds on the 12th September 1916. George`s body was returned to his home town and he was later buried in the churchyard of St. Anne`s Church in Lytham St. Anne’s.

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Additional family information

George and Mary`s middle son George born 1915 married Daisy Neil in the June quarter of 1937. George enlisted into the Army in WW2, serving as Lance Corporal 2753031 George Flook, 1st Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Sadly, George was killed at the start of the 2nd Battle of El Alamein in Egypt (23rd October – 11th November 1942). The CWGC have recorded his death as occurring between 23rd/24th October 1942. He was buried in El Alamein War Cemetery and his wife and family had the following words inscribed on his headstone;

  “Ever Lovingly Remembered by his wife and daughter Jean”

Both George and his son are also remembered on the War Memorial in St. Anne`s near Lytham.

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St. Anne`s on Sea War Memorial, Ashton Gardens, St. Anne`s.

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WW1 name panel – St. Anne`s on Sea War Memorial. George`s name is on the far right, seventh row from the top and his surname has been inscribed as `Fluke`.

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WW2 name panel – St. Anne’s on Sea War Memorial

Rank: Private
Service No: 18811
Date of Death: 12/09/1916
Age: 32
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, Depot
Cemetery: ST. ANNE’S-ON-SEA CHURCHYARD

Janet Davis

Janet Davis

Janet Davis has been researching her family history for many years and through this she discovered many relatives who served in WW1. This interest then led Janet to do many walking the battlefield tours with her husband. In April 2013 she discovered this website and volunteered to help. Janet believes that there are lots of stories still to be told, most of them very sad but at the same time they are a fascinating insight into the men, their families, what they did and where they came from.
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