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10582   Corporal James Sleator
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 04/12/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 30/10/1896
Died: 01/12/1915 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 19
Summary      
James Sleator was the son of George and Emma Jane Sleator. He was born 30th October 1896 in Markethill, County Armagh. He was one of at least ten children. James’ father had retired from the Royal Irish Constabulary. The 1911 census records George as living and working with the Robinson family who had a store on the Main Street in Augher. James Sleator enlisted in Omagh while he was living in Augher with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Corporal James Sleator died of wounds at Bois-Guillaume on 1st December 1915.
Further Information
James Sleator was the son of George and Emma Jane Sleator. George Sleator and Emma Walsh were married on 24th June 1885 in the district of Dungannon.
James Sleator was born 30th October 1896 in Markethill, County Armagh. He was one of at least ten children.
Known family: George Sleator, Emma Jane Sleator, Ada Sleator (born 12th January 1887, Clogher), Emma Jane Sleator (born 21st January 1888, Belfast), William Sleator (born 20th December 1888, Belfast), Mabel Sleator (born 20th December 1889, Belfast), Margaretta Sleator (born 28th December 1892, Belfast), George Walsh Sleator (born 1st October 1895, Armagh), James Sleator (born 30th October 1896, Armagh), Florence Sleator (born 15th February 1898, Armagh), David Sleator (born 24th January 1899, Belfast), Richard Foster Sleator (born 20th March 1900, Belfast).
The 1901 census records James as 4 years old. The family were living at Templemore Street, Pottinger, Belfast. James’ father had retired from the Royal Irish Constabulary. Templemore Street is off the Newtownards Road in East Belfast.
The 1911 census records George as living and working with the Robinson family who had a store on the Main Street in Augher. He was 14 years old.
James Sleator enlisted in Omagh, while he was living in Augher, with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Medal card
Private James Sleator arrived in France with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 29th November 1914.
Captain James Sleator died of wounds at Bois-Guillaume on 1st December 1915. He was aged 19.
Bois-Guillaume is a north-eastern suburb of Rouen, on the main road to Neufchatel. The burials in this cemetery took place for the most part from No 8 General Hospital, which was quartered at Bois-Guillaume in a large private house and grounds.
Corporal James Sleator was one of four cousins who died in the war.
Corporal James Sleator is buried at Bois Guillaume Communal Cemetery in Rouen, France.
Corporal James Sleator is commemorated locally on Clogher War Memorial. He is listed as beong from Longridge.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 4th November 2015: Clogher Valley Cllr Mulligan remembers uncle killed in war
Private Welsh was one of four cousins who made the supreme sacrifice during the First World War. The other three were: Corporal James Sleator, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, killed 1st December 1915. Private Robert Oliver Yule, 22nd Battalion Australian Infantry, killed 14th April 1914. Rifleman James McKeown, 4th Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade, killed 6th August 1918.
The CWGC record Corporal James Sleator as the son of George and Emma Sleator of Longridge, Annagarvey, Augher, County Tyrone.
Corporal James Sleator is listed on page 155 of the book ‘Armagh Dead in the Great War’.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Main Street, Augher Augher Census listing in Main Street, Augher 54.428193 -7.129852
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Sleator family Lists James Sleator as age 4 living with the family at house 106 in Templemore Street, Pottinger, Down
2 1911 Census lists James Sleator Lists James Sleator as age 14 living at house 50 in Main Street, Augher
3 FindAGrave.com Photo of James Sleator's headstone
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 Private James Welsh Cousin of Corporal James Sleator
6 Private Robert Yule Cousin of Corporal James Sleator
7 Rifleman James McKeown Cousin of Corporal James Sleator
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of James Sleator's headstone can be purchased here.
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2021