Henry Clifford SLACK
Rank: Private
Number: M2/098829
Unit: 258 Mechanised Transport Company ARMY SERVICE CORPS
Date of Death: 1 June 1917
Age: 23
Cemetery: Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France

Harry was the only child of Joseph & Elizabeth Slack. Elizabeth Broadhurst had married Joseph at St Matthew's Church, Stockport between July and September 1892 and Harry was born a couple of years later. Joseph was a publican at 124 Castle Street, Edgeley (in 2005, the Royal Oak).

Harry enlisted into the army in May 1915, going overseas with his unit in the July. The Company operated dumps, or stores, of ammunition. This included artillery shells, mortar rounds, grenades and small arms ammunition. The unit was also known as 16th Ammunition Park and was attached to the 17th (Northern) Division of the Army, which was operating near Arras in the spring and early summer of 1917.

His officer, Captain G L Thomas, later wrote to his parents explaining what had happened "I very much regret to state that your son was wounded by a shell on the morning of the first of the month and died the same afternoon. He suffered no pain as he did not recover from the shock. We buried him last evening and his grave will be carefully looked after by us. It is difficult to know what to say in sympathy but your son was a very good lad and very popular with all of us and we feel his loss very deeply. He was wounded whilst carrying on with his duty and I regret I have nothing left of his personal belongings as afire broke out later destroying all his kit." Harry was in the process of being evacuated to a hospital by the Field Ambulance but died before he could reach it.

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