Walter Slack (1875–1933)


Royal Field Artillery 191815 346 Brigade

Walter was a lime worker at Bullbridge. He was called up in 1916 at the age of forty-one as a driver with the RFA. In 1917 he was transferred to the Reserve following a hernia operation, and he was discharged in 1918. He worked as a quarryman at Crich for many years and later lived at Scarthin, Cromford.

Army Record
Walter was called up for service on 4 November 1916 aged 41 an unmarried lime worker living at Prospect Terrace, Crich. His height was 5ft 3¾ and his father was Joseph Slack who was living at Scarthin, Cromford. He was posted to the Royal Field Artillery.
In September 1917 he was transferred to Class W (Army Reserve) from hospital after an hernia and varicocele operation. His disability was aggravated by riding whilst in training at Doncaster. He was finally discharged under Paragraph 392 on 14 December 1918.
The address on his correspondence was c/o Butterley Co Ltd, Bull Bridge Lime Works, Ambergate


1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Rebecca Wetton Head 40   Crich
Walter Slack boarder 19 Lime burner Crich

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1911: Plaistow Green Farm, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Sherbrooke Crookes Head 47 Farmer Shirbrook
Lucy Crookes wife 47   Lincolnshire
Lucy Mary Crookes daughter 9   Plaistow Green
Walter Slack servant 35 Farm hand Crich
Willoughby Hamilton servant 19 Farm hand Bakewell
Lewis Smith servant 20 Farm hand Derby

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