Private Frederic J. W. SLACK

Sherwood Foresters
(Notts and Derbys) Regiment
2nd Battalion
Service Number:
Date of Death:
21 October 1947
Cemetery / Memorial:
Grave Reference:
3. B. 15.

Personal History:

Frederic was born in Buxton (? Chapel-en-le-Frith District) in the June quarter 1927, the son of James E. and Mabel (née Mellor) Slack (married December quarter 1920). He had three older sisters, Christina A., Phyllis J. and Winifred.

There is no record that he ever married.

Military History:

Frederic served with the 2nd Battalion, Welch Regiment. His age would suggest that he was probably a National Serviceman. [Under the National Service Act, introduced in 1947, healthy males aged 18 or over were obliged to serve in the armed forces for 18 months. After the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, the length of service was raised to two years.]

At the end of the Second World War the 2nd Battalion remained in Palestine, seeing further active service during the post war disturbances there.
Freddie was killed or died on the 21st October 1947, and is buried in Grave 3. B. 15., Moascar War Cemetery, 10 kilometres by road from Ismailia, Egypt. CWGC Records show that in the month of October 1947 a total of 35 UK soldiers died in the Palestinian Conflict. Of these Frederick Slack was one of only two buried in Egypt, the remaining 33 are buried in either the Khayat Beach War Cemetery (21 men), 5 kilometres south-west of Haifa, Israel, or Ramleh War Cemetery (12 men), near Jerusalem.

Not all casualties were the result of enemy action, many men were killed in road accidents such as the 14 of the Parachute Regiment who were all killed near their Depot when a lorry collided with another military vehicle on the Haifa/Jenin road on their way to a football match. It seems likely, therefore that Frederick Slack died, perhaps in Hospital, in Egypt, from illness or disease.

Fred's name is a fairly recent addition to the Buxton, The Slopes, Memorial, being added on a small separate plaque in February 2015. Details can be found on 'The Slopes' page of this site. (see below).

· I am grateful to 'The War Graves Photographic Project'  for the photos of Fred's grave and Cemetery.

Link to CWGC Record
Pt Fred Slack's grave
Moascar Military Cemetery, Egypt