Private James Slater was the second son of Charles Slater and Mary Emma Johnson and was born in 31st May 1883, and baptized on August 12th of the same year, in Nether Alderley. His younger brother Clement Harrop Slater also appears on the War Memorial.
He attested into the Scots Guards at the age of 19 at Manchester and completed 12 years service, being discharged from his first period of service on 4th November 1912. During this time he completed training for mounted infantry.
On 5th November 1907 he married Matilda Tigwell in Wokingham, Berkshire and by 1911 has settled at 99 Kings Road, Kingston upon Thames in Surrey with his wife and two daughters, Rose Emma and Winnifred Sarah. The couple went on to have a son Charles, born in 1912.
James must have re-attested again as he is a listed as a member of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards, Regimental No: 10815. He was killed in action on the 18th December 1914, aged 32 and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.
James sadly never got to meet his second son James E. Slater , born three months after his premature death, in Mar 1915.
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