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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking Slate's grave at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais,France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
5 Mitchell Street Radford Nottingham
He was the son of Samuel, a compositor, and Thirza Slate and the brother of Daisy, Edith, Lucy, Albert Henry and Jane Slate. In 1911 they lived at of 20 Independent Street Radford and later 43 Bloomsgrove Street (both New Radford Nottingham.
In 1911 he was a shop boy.
10 Apr 1917
20
41248 - CWGC Website
R/4667
Rifleman
9th Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps
William's service records do not survive, but he was in the 9th Battalion of Kings Royal Rifle Corps and enlisted at Nottingham on July 23, 1915. He served on the Western Front in France and took part in and died from wounds sustained at the Battle of Arras. He died only one day into the offensive, which began on April 9, 1917. On that day, the 9th Battalion attacked what was known as the String of the Harp trench system. In the 39 days that the battle lasted the average casualty rate was far higher than at either the Somme or Passchendaele, and it was described as the most savage infantry battle of the war. Casualties were caused by uncut wire and heavy machine gun fire, such a stark contrast to William's early days as a shop boy. Experimental tactics such as the creeping barrage, the graze fuze, and counter-battery fire were used and the Battalion was successful in securing its target. Yet six officers were killed and 204 died from other ranks, including William. He died of wounds and is buried in the Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun
Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 17 May 1917: 'Rifleman W Slate (King's Royal Rifles), Independent Street, Radford, died of wounds, April 10th, age 20.'
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking Slate's grave at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais,France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    William Arthur Slate - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking Slate's grave at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais,France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle