Private William Slattery

Private William Slattery, 2nd Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was a Regular Soldier and was killed in Belgium on 14th December 1914, aged 39 and is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium. He was a native of Manchester and had served 8 years in the Regiment seeing active service in the Boer War. He  left the Colours and came to Berwick where he worked as a porter with the drapers Paxton and Purves.  On the outbreak of war, as a Reservist, he was recalled to the Colours and had only been at the front for a fortnight before being killed. He left a widow and two children. At that time the Battalion were holding front line trenches in the wood called ” Nonne Bosschen ” near Hooge in the Ypres Salient and were subjected to daily shelling and sniping. The photographs show British troops in defensive positions near Ypres.

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