|Birth: ||Oct. 22, 1844|
|Death: ||Apr. 7, 1923|
Born at Hitchin, Hertfordshire county, England, son of George Flint and Sarah Stevens. Educated in France and served as an apprentice book keeper in St. Paul's Yard, London. Ran away from home at age 18, and, adopting the name of his brother in law, Owen Harris, he went to America and enlisted as a private in company M, and later company D of the 5th New York Heavy Artillery. According to family lore he fled from the enemy, swimming his horse across the Mississippi, when a bullet struck his prayer book, which was in his knapsack across his back, and which prayer book his wife cherished for many years after. However, his regiment never served in the area of the Mississippi, and was in the Shenandoah Valley and Cedar Creek, so this tale has to be taken with a grain of salt. He was honorably discharged at Harper's Ferry in July, 1865. Re-enlisted in December 1866 at Baltimore, Maryland and joined the Provisional company, General Service Recruits at David's Island, New York, and was later in battery D of the 4th United States Artillery, and was on daily duty as post clerk through October 1869. After his regular service was over he returned to England to visit his mother, then went to Australia in 1872, visiting his sister, who lived near Cowra, New South Wales. Frank remained in Australia and went to work as a book keeper for Cowra's leading storekeeper, Mr. Peter Murray. Married Mary Langfield on May 20, 1876, and continued to live in Cowra, working for Mr. Murray for a few more years he started out in his own business, and opened a store and post office on the main road at Gooloogong, where his wife became post mistress. After a few years there, they moved into Cowra, where Francis became actively involved in the community and in public affairs, holding several important positions. In 1888 he was appointed as the first town clerk, when the first council was formed. His name is commemmorated on a bronze plaque at the original town hall. Frank and Mary had sixteen children all told, including at least five males who served during the first World War, and fortunately lived through the war to come home to their proud parents. Later in life the family purchased a 21 acre property situated about two miles from Cowra, on the Young Road, and named this farm "Sunnyside." Just prior to his death in 1923, they moved back into Cowra, and lived in Vaux Street. Flint Street, in Cowra, was named in his honor.
His funeral was held two days after his death, on Monday, April 9, 1923, with his six sons acting as pall bearers, and several returned soldiers acting as guard of honor, as the hearse passed through town, to the Church of England Cemetery in Cowra. [From the original research of Roy Parker, Barry Crompton, Bob Simpson, Len Traynor and Terry Foenander, and published by Roy's daughter, Mrs. Virginia Crocker, in the 2000 volume, CIVIL WAR VETERANS IN AUSTRALIA.]
Cowra General Cemetery
New South Wales, Australia
Plot: Church of England section.
Created by: Terry Foenander
Record added: Mar 04, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25049806
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