Charles Edward SLATER
Rank: Private
Number: 2748
Unit: 1/4th Battalion ROYAL SCOTS
Date of Death: 4 July 1915
Age: 19
Cemetery: Alexandria (Chatby) Military & War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt

In the spring of 1894, John Slater married Matilda Astin at Holy Trinity Church, Hurdsfield, near Macclesfield. Two years later, their son Charles was born.

By the time of the Great War, the family was living at 31 St James' Terrace, Hollins Lane, Marple. Charles worked locally at Goyt Mill. Charles enlisted into the army in December 1914, being assigned to the 1/4th Royal Scots. This was a Territorial Battalion which had been assigned originally to home duties guarding the Scottish Coast.

On 23 May, the Battalion embarked from Liverpool aboard the Empress of Britain for Alexandria. One man had deserted from the quayside but 971 left that night. They arrived in Egypt on 3rd June and left again on the 12th - this time for Gallipoli. They landed on the Peninsula on the 16th and moved inland about a mile where they dug in, under shellfire. By this time, the major attacks of the campaign had already been undertake and there would be stalemate until the British withdrew in Decmeber, but many men would still be killed by shellfire or sniper's bullet

They went into the front line on the 19th of June and stayed for six days. At some point, Charles was reported to have been wounded. He was treated at a field hospital at the beachhead before being evacuated back to Egypt, where he died.

Further information about Charles, including a photograph, can be found in the book "Remembered" by P Clarke, A Cook & J Bintliff.

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