16388 L/CPL Albert Edward SLACK 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment
KILLED IN ACTION 1st December 1917
Albert Edward SLACK was born at Upperthorpe, Sheffield in 1891. We can find him in the 1901 census living with his parents George and Charlotte at 37 Apple street, Neepsend, Sheffield.
The next time we see Albert is when he joins the army at Sheffield aged 24years on the 15th November 1914. He gives his occupation as Pearl Handle Fluter. He has four brothers Joseph, George, William and Thomas. He is placed in the ranks of the 7th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment and it will be with this battalion he first enters France on the 14th May 1915.
On the 3rd February he had been promoted to L/CPL and on the 26th December 1915 promoted to full CPL. His short military career is a little chequered as he is dealt with for a number of minor offences but on the 31st August 1916 he is shown to be under arrest awaiting trial by Field General Court Martial.
On the 8th September 1916 he is tried and found guilty of conduct prejudice to good order and military discipline and is reduced to the rank of private.
On the 27th March 1916 he is admitted to No 7 Field Ambulance with scabies and moved on to 50 casualty clearing station 3 days later.
4th april 1916 – Rank Cpl – Charged with irregular conduct, gambling with privates – severely reprimanded.
6th June 1916 – Rank Cpl – Charged with causing a disturbance whilst drunk – severely reprimanded.
8th September 1916 – FGCM – reduced to rank of private.
14th September 1916 – Returning late for working party – 7 days confined to camp.
26th December 1916 he marries Bertha SIMMONITE at St Johns Church, Park, Sheffield and they set up home at 59 Park Hill Lane, Sheffield.
19th July 1917 – Returned home late from leave 2 3/4 hours – reprimanded.
On the 28th October 1916 he was admitted to the Corps Resting Station with inflamed connective tissue of his right knee. 2 days later he is moved to 21 casualty clearing station. On 10th November he is taken to No3 General Hospital at Etaples. On the 14th December 1916 he is back with his unit but shortly after on 29th December 1916 he is again admitted to the Corps Resting Station with the same condition. He returns to duty on the 4th January 1917.
On 19th May 1917 he is again promoted to L/Cpl.
29th September 1917 posted to the 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment.
On the 1st December 1917 the 2nd Battalion took part in a battle to take Quentin Ridge during the battle of Cambrai. They faced heavy machine gun fire during their attempt to advance and were forced back to their original positions after having taken heavy losses. 2 officers killed, 4 wounded and 63 other ranks killed, wounded or missing.
Alberts body was not recovered and he is now remembered at the Cambrai war memorial.
He is also remembered on the St Johns Church memorial, Park, Sheffield.