Whepstead housing scheme honours fallen World War One hero William Flack

Suffolk Housing officially opening its new five home scheme in Whepstead, named after William Flack, local Suffolk serviceman, the first Suffolk Regiment soldier to lose his life in World War One.'Former Suffolk Housing chairman Nigel Aitkens opens the new development, planting a commemorative tree with Rob Murray, parish council chairman when the scheme started ANL-141120-134417009
Suffolk Housing officially opening its new five home scheme in Whepstead, named after William Flack, local Suffolk serviceman, the first Suffolk Regiment soldier to lose his life in World War One.'Former Suffolk Housing chairman Nigel Aitkens opens the new development, planting a commemorative tree with Rob Murray, parish council chairman when the scheme started ANL-141120-134417009

A new development named in honour of a fallen World War One serviceman was officially opened last Thursday.

The five-home scheme at William Flack Place in Whepstead was opened by Nigel Aitkens, former chairman of Suffolk Housing .

The opening was marked by the planting of a holly tree and scattering of poppy seeds in memory of Private William Flack, who was born in Whepstead in 1875 and lived close to the site of the new homes.

He is thought to have been the first of more than 6,500 members of the Suffolk Regiment who lost their lives during the conflict.

He died at Mons on August 23, 1914, exactly 100 years to the day before the first family moved into their new home in the scheme which now bears his name. His body was never recovered.

Ian Winslet, Suffolk Housing chief executive, said: “As 2014 marks the centenary of the start of World War One it seemed the ideal opportunity to pay tribute to the bravery of Private Flack who, like so many others, sadly lost his life in battle.

“By naming this development in his honour we hope that his memory will live on for another 100 years.”

Mr Winslet added that affordable rural schemes kept communities sustainable.

Members of Private Flack’s family attended and his great niece Maya Price distributed poppy seeds.

His cousin David Ridgeon said: “This has brought all of us close to our roots. I was very impressed with the development at Whepstead and we feel pleased this is social housing which will benefit people in the village.”

The new development costing £827,000 contains two three-bedroomed houses, two two-bedroomed bungalows and one four-bedroomed bungalow which has been specially adapted for use by disabled people. The homes are let to people with a close connection to the village.