Corporal John Slaven

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Addition to Gravestone
  • Stone Sandstone
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Addition to family gravestone. Wigtownshire Free Press (7 June 1917) reported Corpl Jack Slaven, KOSB, (son of Mr and Mrs Slaven, Boreland Dairy, Inch) has been awarded the Military Medal for capturing seven Germans, single-handed, in a dug-out in the attack on Vimy Ridge. Private Slaven enlisted immediately on the outbreak of war, and was wounded in action on 12th July 1915. He rejoined his regiment in France thirteen months ago. (18 October 1917): At Clearing Station in France on 6th October, Corpl John Slaven, KOSB, fourth son of Mr & Mrs John Slaven, Boreland, Stranraer. [Notice inserted by] his brother and sister-in-law (Maggie) Over Mills, Ayr. (25 October 1917) a further notice inserted by his brother Seaman Fergus Slaven and sister-in-law Grace, Main Street, Drummore. (1 November 1917) carrying Corpl Slaven’s photograph. In addition an edition on 29 July 1915 carried an article (with photograph) of how he had been saved from a bullet in the heart by the Bible he carried in his top pocket. The Bible had deflected the shot and he was wounded in a less serious place.
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