Lt Sydney Arthur Slater

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Reference WMO/272079


New Street



LS28 5DJ


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
  • Boer War, Second (1899-1902)
About the memorial: Memorial to Lieutenant Sydney Arthur Slater, 57th Company, 15th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Son of Elijah Slater (cloth manufacturer) and Frances J Slater of Ashville, Parsley, and Slingsby Hall, Yorkshire. Educated at Giggleswick School, near Settle, and at Exeter College, Oxford. Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd Volunteer Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. Early in 1900 volunteered for active service in South Africa with the Imperial Yeomanry. In March 1900 he was appointed Lieutenant in the 57th Company, and served in the Cape and Orange River Colonies. With ten men, Lieutenant Slater is stated to have made a clever capture of Boers in Bultfontein, and, in September when attacked, he made an able defence of the place, and held the enemy at bay until relief arrived. He was mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 10 Sep 1901). He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (London Gazette, 27 Sep 1901). He died of enteric fever (typhoid) at No 3 General Hospital, Kroonstad, Orange Free State aged 28 years.
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To the beloved memory of Lieut Sydney Arthur Slater, D.S.O, 57th Company Imperial Yeomanry, who died in the service of his country at Kroonstad, South Africa of enteric fever 29th January 1901. For the capture and defence of Bultfontein, Orange River Colony he was mentioned in dispatches and awarded the Distinguished Service Order. A gallant soldier, a faithful friend, a loving son and brother.

Sydney Arthur Slater

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