Robert FLECK

Canadian Engineers, 6th Field Company  

Rank & Number:      Private, 1932  

26 July 1885; Fairlie  

                        26 October 1920; Coquitlam, B.C., Canada  

Brother of Daniel Fleck

ROBERT FLECK was born 26 Jul 1885 in Fairlie, to parents Rev. William Shedden Fleck, minister of Fairlie Free Church, and Mary McPherson (who were married at Dennistoun, Glasgow on 21 Dec 1875).  He was christened at Fairlie Free Church on 23 Aug 1885.   

He died in a railway accident on 26 Oct 1920 in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, when he was killed instantaneously by an out of control train.  He is named on the family headstone in Largs Cemetery  

In April 1904, Robert and brother William emigrated to Canada, sailing Glasgow/Halifax, to join brothers Daniel and Thomas who had emigrated the previous year.  

In the 1891 Census, Robert, aged 5, is living Free Church Manse, Fairlie with parents  Wm. S. Fleck (51, b West Kilbride, Minister, Fairlie Free Church) and Mary (46, b. Glasgow) and siblings Mary (12), William (10), John (9), Thomas (8) and Daniel (7)  

In the 1901 Census, aged 15, he is at 24 West Cumberland Street, Kelvin, Glasgow with mother Mary (55) and brothers William R. (20, clerk) and Daniel (17, clerk).  Father William S. (61, Minister Fairlie UF Church) is at the Manse, Fairlie with children Mary (22), and John (19)  

In the 1906 Canadian Census, Robert, aged 20 and single, is in the household of brother William Robert Fleck (26) at 7B Brandon, Manitoba, Canada with brothers Thomas Sheddin Fleck (23) and Daniel Fleck (22)    


Enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, Canadian Engineers, 6th Field Company at Vancouver on 28 July 1916 (aged 27, single, loco fireman and auto driver, nok sister Mary).  In his brother Daniel’s obituary on 24 Aug 1918, the Largs & Millport Weekly News reported that Robert was with the Canadians in France.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

20 November 1920     
Mr Robert Fleck:  News has been received of the death, in a railway accident near Vancouver, B.C., on October 26th, of Robert Fleck, youngest son of the late Rev. W.S. Fleck, Fairlie.  Deceased, who was many years a farmer in Manitoba, had sold his farm before going to France with the Canadian Engineers.  After his discharge, he went to Vancouver, and while engaged in engineering work at a lumber camp was killed instantaneously, through a train getting out of control on a steep logging track and dashing to total wreck.

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