|Date of Birth||September 13, 1894|
|Place of Birth||Rat Portage (Kenora), Ontario|
|Next of Kin||Joseph Flanagan, father, 372 Maryland Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|Trade / Calling||Farmer|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Battalion||1st Depot Battalion Manitoba Regiment|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Conscripted|
|Address at Enlistment||372 Maryland Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|Date of Enlistment||January 5, 1918|
|Age at Enlistment||23|
|Theatre of Service||Canada|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||November 11, 1923|
|Age at Death||29|
|Buried At||Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba|
Frederick Henry Flanagan was born on 13 September 1894 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario. His father Joseph Henry Flanagan was from the Walkerton, Ontario area while his mother Christina Matheson was from Prince Edward Island. The couple married in Rat Portage on 19 December 1893 where Joseph was working in one of the local mills. Other children born in Rat Portage were Malcolm (1897) and Margaret May (Maggie) (1900). By 1906 the family had relocated to Mariapolis, Manitoba to farm. Children born in Manitoba were Ester (1906-1906), Josephine (1908), and Rita (1912). By the time of the 1916 census the family was living in Winnipeg.
With the onset of conscription in the latter part of the war, Fred had his medical examination in Winnipeg on 10 November 1917 and was called up on 5 January 1918. His occupation was given as farmer and his father Joseph in Winnipeg as next of kin. With a ruddy complexion, Fred had blue eyes and auburn hair. He gave previous service as two months with the Royal Flying Corps. While training with the 1st Depot Battalion Manitoba Regiment, Fred was admitted to St Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg on 16 April with a laceration to the heal. He was transferred to the Manitoba Military Hospital on the 23rd with the diagnosis of rheumatism. He was readmitted to the hospital in mid January of 1919 suffering from boils. It appears that after he was discharged as a patient he continued to serve at the hospital from February until September of 1919, granted $.80/day pay for ambulance duty starting in July. Fred was discharged from service on 2 October 1919, Tuxedo, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The 1921 census found Fred working as a truck driver and living with his parents in Winnipeg. By 1923 Fred was working as a fireman for the Canadian National Railway out of Fort Frances, Ontario. Sadly on 11 November 1923, in the Fort Frances Hospital, Fred died from the effects of injuries he received when he jumped from his engine. While firing up his engine he saw another train approaching and thought that there would be a collision (there wasn’t). The Winnipeg Free Press reported his death, mistakenly giving the railway as the Canadian Pacific. Fred is interred in an unmarked grave in Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg. His father died in 1937 and his mother in 1940, both interred in Elmwood Cemetery in Winnipeg. Fred’s brother Malcolm died in 1946, interred in Brookside. His sisters Josephine died in 1970 in Denver, Colorado, Maggie Gaudesi in 1971 in Wauwat, Wisconsin, and Rita Trump in 1996 in Winnipeg.
By Judy Stockham