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Alfred Slade was born in Ashford, Middlesex in 1890. He was the son of Gabriel and Elizabeth Mary Slade who lived at 30 Church Street, Staines, Middlesex. Alfred was the second youngest child, having an older sister named Alice, three older brothers Gabriel J, Henry G and George, and a younger sister named Ethel.

In 1901, his father Gabriel was aged 51 and employed as a carman and contractor. His mother, aged 45, was a British Subject born on the island of Corfu.

In 1911, Alfred now aged 21 found himself with the 2nd Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in India. He had enlisted in the Army at Woolwich.

Alfred was still serving in India when War broke.

Alfred sailed to German East Africa on 16th October 1914, he was amongst the Batttalion’s establishment onboard the troopship ‘Karmala’ of 19 officers and 830 other ranks. They landed on the 31st, and were soon in action at Tanga.


S.S Karmala – 1914

On 29th September 1915, Private Alfred Slade was killed in action near Maktau.

At 05:00hrs that morning Captain Stokes had assembled a party to travel by armoured train from Bura, to a point three miles from Maktau. The train having left the troops at the railway returned to Bura, and at 06:10hrs a strong enemy force attacked the soldiers who were lying in a position near the track. Captain Stokes was killed. Upon hearing the fighting, a platoon from ‘C’ company moved in the direction of the noise, only to run into the attackers retreating through the dense forestry. Hand to hand fighting ensued, bayonets fixed, resulting in heavy casualties on both sides.

Casualties of the Loyal North Lancs amounted to two officers and twelve other ranks killed, with five others being wounded. The enemy reportedly lost more than 30 men.

Private Alfred Slade is buried in the Voi Cemetery in Kenya.

Rank: Private
Service No: 9479
Date of Death: 29/09/1915
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 2nd Bn.

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3 Responses to 9479 PTE. A. SLADE. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Rob Norcross says:

    Thanks for the details of my great great uncle … I had been thro V oi a few times when I was in the royal signals 50 years ago .. A pity I did not know of him then …. Thanks again … Rob

  2. Alfred Slade says:

    Hi, my name is Alfred Slade, I live in Ashford, Middlesex, I by chance came across a medal that belonged to Alfred Slade 9479 pet, my family are from Staines and Englefield green near Egham Surrey.
    Please ask Rob if he would like to get in touch.
    Kind regards
    Alfred Slade

  3. Christine Brown says:

    Rob has pointed me in the direction of this website. I too am interested in our ancestry and would be the great great niece I believe. Alice was my mother’s paternal grandmother. Alfred RIP.

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