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1885 - 1916


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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916


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1897 - 1916


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1883 - 1918
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Pte 15034 William Slater

  • Age: 21
  • From: Birkenhead, Cheshire
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
  • K.I.A Sunday 12th November 1916
  • Commemorated at: Bienvillers Mill Cem
    Panel Ref: V.D.3

William Slater was born in 1895 in Birkenhead. He was baptised on the 20th October, 1895 at Christ Church, Claughton-Cum-Grange, Birkenhead. He was the son of Thomas Henry Slater and Mary Blundell (nee Pye) of Vale Hotel Oxton Road Birkenhead. His parents were married at St Augustine's C.of E. Church, Everton in 1878.

The 1901 Census shows the family living at 103 Oxton Road, Birkenhead.

The Father Thomas Henry is aged 46, born 1855 and is a Licensed Victualler and was born in Ormskirk. His wife Mary is aged 47, born 1854 in Haskayne. They had nine children, with the eldest six being born in Liverpool and the youngest three born in Birkenhead. Richard aged 20 born 1881, is a Barman, Alice aged 19, born 1882 has no occupation listed, Thomas aged 18, born 1883 is an Architects apprentice, George aged 16, born 1885 is a Barman, Henry aged 15, born 1886 is working in a Shipping office, John aged 12, born 1889, Mary aged 10, born 1891, Fred aged 7, born 1894 and William aged 5, born 1896.

He enlisted in Liverpool and was serving in the 17th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 15034 when he was killed in action on the 12th November, 1916 aged 21 during the Somme Offensive.

The Birkenhead News dated 22nd November, 1916 has a report:

Champion Swimmer Falls

Private W. Slater Killed In Action

We regret to announce that Private William Slater, of The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) who was prior to the war a well known championship swimmer, has been killed in action. He was a victim of a German shell 50 yards away from where one of his brothers was at the moment. Private Slater was the youngest son of Mr. Thos. Slater of 103 Oxton Road, Birkenhead and had only just attained his 21st birthday. He was educated at Claughton Higher Grade School. Before the war he was apprenticed as cotton salesman with the firm of Messrs: J.R. Atkinson and Co. He joined the Pals when the first call was made, and saw 12 months service at the front. As an accomplished devotee of the ?.... art, Slater had in pre-war days taken part in much championship swimming. He was the captain of the Birkenhead squadron team which won the championship in 1911, and in polo contests had often represented Port Sunlight in their matches. Two brothers of Private Slater are still at the front and two others are with the colours in England.

He now lies in Bienvillers Military Cemetery, France. The Inscription on his headstone reads:

HE GIVETH HIS BELOVED SLEEP”

He is also commemorated on the Birkenhead Civic Memorial.

 

We currently have no further information on William Slater, If you have or know someone who may be able to add to the history of this soldier, please contact us.

Baptismal records show William was born in 1895 and the Census records hold the year 1896.

 

His brother George Slater died of wounds 19th December, 1916 aged 32 years whilst serving with the 17th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment. He now lies in Etaples Military Cemetery, France. The Inscription on his headstone reads: “UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN”

He was the husband of Emmalia Slater (nee Smith) of 55 Bankhall Street, Kirkdale and Runcorn Hotel 32 Wapping Liverpool. They were married at Christ Church C.of E. Church, Claughton in 1912.

89th Brigade On This Day.

104 Years Ago.
The Pals are engaged in truly murderous fighting whilst helping to clear Trones Wood. Losses are again heavy.

Killed On This Day.

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 12th July 1916.
Cpl 15874 William Henry Charles Askew
24 years old

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 12th July 1916.
Pte 32807 James Alfred Carmichael

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 12th July 1916.
Cpl 16087 Robert Joseph Cowman

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 12th July 1916.
Pte 26663 James William Crowe

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 12th July 1916.
L/Cpl 15424 Charles George Croxson
21 years old

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 12th July 1916.
Pte 15241 Arthur Shaw Damsell

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 12th July 1916.
Pte 26113 Noel Trewavas Harvey
20 years old

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 12th July 1916.
L/Cpl 15002 Arthur James Henshaw
26 years old

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 12th July 1916.
Pte 22404 Harry Hewitson

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 12th July 1916.
2nd Lieut Harold Crispin Hick

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 12th July 1916.
L/Cpl 22415 John Dykes Holt

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 12th July 1916.
Pte 24484 William Archer Houseman

A total of 22 Pals where killed on this day. View All