Private 31389 - Prince of Wale's Volunteers
South Lancashire Regiment 7th Battalion
Killed in Action Flanders 18th November 1916 : Aged 24
Thiepval Memorial - Pier and Face 7 A and 7 B
Born and residing at Huthwaite where his parents lived at 118, Windmill Cottages. The proud marksman recounted his achievement just three weeks before meeting his fate back on the front line.
Notts Free Press 18th August 1916.
Private R. Slack of the 3rd. Battalion, South Staffs., has been on a few days’ leave, and bore on his arm the crossed guns, which show the possessor of them to be a first class marksman.
Private Slack states that he scored 134 out of a possible 170, which left him nine to spare over and above the qualifying total. His success is all the more meritorious because he has only been in the Army a short time. A Sutton man named Coupe got a higher place than him in the same test, and Private Bird, of Huthwaite, was only one short of the qualifying score.
Private Slack is at Earsdon Camp, Northumberland, and out of 29 Notts and Derby natives who went in for the test only two failed.
Mansfield Reporter and Sutton Times, 8 Feb 1917 HUTHWAITE SOLDIER MISSING
A Huthwaite soldier, officially reported as “missing” is Private Robert Slack, 31389, D Company, 7th. Battalion Lancashire Regt. One of his friends has sent word to Private Slack's parents who live at 118, Windmill Cottages, that he took part in the “five mile push”, about the middle of November, as a bomb carrier, and that he saw him wounded in a shell-hole. Nothing has been seen or heard of him since, neither as a prisoner in Germany, nor through the medicl units, all efforts to trace him having proved unsuccessful. He wrote home last on the 12th. November. He joined up in May last and went to France in August. He was previously employed as a blacksmith at New Hucknall Colliery. He was 24 years of age.
From Notts Free Press - In Memorium - 23rd November 1918:- Slack.- In Loving Memory of our dear Son and Brother, Private R. Slack, who was reported killed in Action, November 18th.,1916. A loving son, a brother kind, He was to us in heart and mind; He always strove to do his best, God grant him eternal rest. But the unknown grave is the bitterest blow, None but aching hearts can know.-From his sorrowing Mother and Father, Brothers and sisters.
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