Daniel Flanagan's name is in the Werribee Shire Oak Board, but there is no record of him having served in World War One.
1. Two men with the surname of "Flanagan", have their names on the Werribee Shire Oak Board. They were Flanagan, D., and Flanagan, P. Both names first appeared in The Werribee Shire Banner, Roll of Honor, 25 January 1917, p.1, with their address given as "Werribee".
2. It is suspected that both of these men were brothers, and there is evidence to suggest this in the Pioneer Index of Victoria 1836–1888:
a. Daniel Flanagan, born 1884 at Colac, to Patrick Flanagan and Catherine Dunfort.
b. Patrick John Flanagan, born 1886 at Colac, to Patrick Flanagan and Catherine Dunfort.
3. There isn’t any evidence of service for Daniel Flanagan (born at Colac), but his younger brother, Patrick John Flanagan enlisted in the A.I.F. on 18 September 1917, (Number 6799A) and served in France. This date is much later than the entry in The Werribee Shire Banner 25 January 1917 as above.
Policy for entering names on the Shire Honor Board of The Great War.
Not all of the people named on the Werribee Council Honor Board and the Werribee Shire Banner Roll of Honor actually served in the Australian Military Services during the Great War. Some of the men who volunteered for service, who for various reasons were not accepted, also have their names entered there.
In the Werribee Shire Banner, 12 October 1916, p.3, it was reported that 160 local men were examined, and that 100 were medically fit. 68 then applied for exemptions.
The Werribee Shire Secretary advertised that "Parents and relatives of soldiers who have enlisted from the Shire of Werribee are earnestly requested to forward particulars to the Shire Secretary so that the names may be inscribed on the Shire Honor Board." (See Werribee Shire Banner, 31 October 1918, p.2.)
[This seems to have been re-interpreted as 'Parents and relatives of soldiers who live in the Shire of Werribee, and have relatives that enlisted in the Great War, are requested to forward particulars to the Shire Secretary, so that their names may be inscribed on the Shire Honor Board'.]
It is believed that Daniel Flanagan tried to enlist in the A.I.F., but was not accepted.
Patrick Flanagan married Catherine Dunfort and lived at Colac in Victoria.
Their children, all born at Colac, were:
- Michael - born 1869
- William - born 1871
- Margaret - born 1874
- Edward - born 1876
- Patrick James - born 1880
- James - born 1882
- Daniel - born 1884 *
- Patrick John - 1886 *
CD Pioneer Index of Victoria 1836 – 1888
CD Federation Index of Victoria 1889 – 1901