James Arthur Slater (1879-1915)

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James Arthur Slater

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

SLATER, JAMES ARTHUR. Lance Corporal. No 5805. 1st Battalion The King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). Born Dewsbury 5.10.1879. Married, with four children. Lived 21 Victoria Street, Moldgreen, Huddersfield. Employed as a tramcar cleaner by the Huddersfield Corporation Tramways Department. Had served through the Boer War. Was called up on 4.8.1914 and embarked for France in November, 1914. Killed in action, 3.5.1915, aged 36 years. Buried BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row F, Grave 16.
His last letter home was written at the end of April, 1915. After thanking them for a parcel he says, 'This is Friday, your birthday, so I wish you many happy returns of the day. I am hoping to be home for mine if I am lucky enough to get through. I and several more of my comrades had a very narrow escape this morning when the Germans were shelling this place. They dropped one through a house not five yards away from where we were but there was no one hurt, thank goodness. You say it seems a long time since you saw me, it seems a jolly sight longer to me but it is to be hoped it won't be much longer before we see each other again. We must hope for the best as it no use bothering, it only makes things worse. We must look at the bright side of things if there is a bright side to this war. Do not upset yourself about me, try and keep at your best and keep the children the same. Keep telling them that their Daddy will be coming home someday and bringing them something home as well. You keep on asking me if there is anything I want.Well there are plenty of things I want but I don't want to put you to any expense. I daresay I could write to plenty of places for different things but I don't want to humble myself to anyone. I keep managing with the things I get. I don't like to see things sent out here at the price they have to pay for sending them so don't bother about sending anything till I ask you. Don't think that I don't value anything you send but I don't want you to spend money on things for me.' In the closing part of the letter he again asks his wife to keep bright and cheerful.
ROH:- Moldgreen War Memorial; Christ Church, Moldgreen; Huddersfield Corporation Roll.

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