Frank Edward Slater, Private 10195, ‘C’ Coy, 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Died 16th June 1915 at Zillebeke, aged 19
Frank Edward Slater was born in 1896 and baptised at Christ Church, Macclesfield, on 7th June 1896, the son of Jane and John William Slater, a coal dealer of Great King Street, Macclesfield.
By 1901, the family had moved to 17 Church Street West in Macclesfield, and Frank had a younger sister, May. Sadly, Frank’s mother died on 7th March 1903.
Ten years later in 1911, the family had moved again to 33A Mill Lane. Frank’s father, William, now lived with his children Sarah Ann (aged 33, who filled in the census form), Joseph (29), William (27), James (25), Harriet (22), Arthur (19), Elizabeth Jane (17), and Frank (14), who was employed as a dyer.
Frank attested at Macclesfield on the 8th August 1914, immediately following the declaration of war, joining the 3rd Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment (Special Reserve). His army records show him to have been a man of 5 feet 3½ inches tall, weighing 119 pounds with a chest measurement of 32 inches. He had blue eyes and auburn hair, his religion was Church of England, and at that time he was employed as a silk dyer at Mr Duckworth’s Dyeworks in Knight Street. His next of kin was named as his father, John William Slater, of 36 Roe Street, Macclesfield.
Whilst undergoing training at Crosby in January 1915, Frank was reprimanded twice: once for being absent for almost 24 hours and a second time for overstaying his leave by almost 2 days.
Frank embarked from Southampton on 13th April 1915 and five days later joined the 1st Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment at Zillebeke. ‘C’ Company was divided on 31st May: 2 platoons went to ’51 Dugouts’ and 2 platoons to a new position in the Maple Wood.
Frank died of wounds on 16th June 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres. His death was reported in the Macclesfield Courier newspaper of 26th June 1915:
Private Frank Slater has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 19-22 of the Menin Gate memorial at Ypres in Belgium.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Frank Slater, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.