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Born: 1895, Baildon
Died: 30 November 1916, Somme
Buried: Hamel Military Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel
Address: Esholt Lane, Baildon
Parents: Herbert & Harriet, 5 The Tarn, Esholt Lane
Spouse: Ethel
Siblings: Martha, Elizabeth & Alice Maud
Occupation: Printer’s apprentice
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Tong Park; Baildon
Regiment: West Yorkshire
John William Slingsby
Two death notices appearing in the Shipley Times & Express on 15 December 1916 give us most of what we know of “Billy’s” death. It seems likely that the 1 Chester Street, Horton Lane, address is Ethel’s parents, where she returned while he was away. On 5 January 1917, the following report appeared in the paper: Great sympathy will be felt with the relatives of Pte J W Slingsby, late of the Tarn, Baildon, in the loss they have sustained by his death. Pte Slingsby joined the 9th West Yorkshire
Regt on April 5th of 1916. After training at Clipston Camp, in Nottingham, he went out to France in October, serving as a signaller. On November 30th he had come in from duty and was asleep in his dug-out when a shell came over and burst, killing four and wounding four of the occupants. Of a bright and cheerful disposition, Pte Slingsby was the only son of Mr and Mrs Herbert Slingsby. He received his education at the Tong Park School. He was 21 years of age and leaves a young widow.
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