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John Charles Slater was born on the 28th of October 1897, in Etwall, the son of James Slater, a coachman and groom, and Louisa, his wife. He was baptised at St Helen's Church, Etwall, on the 13th of March 1898.

He started school on the 5th of April, 1903, and was one of the most consistent pupils, remaining at Etwall Primary School until the 29th of April 1911, when he left school for work.

Six years of a young life were all that he had, for he was killed in action in Flanders, on the 20th of October 1918, twenty-one days before Armistice was declared, and eight days before his twenty first birthday.

His grave lies 26km East of Ypres, 2 kms west of Kortrik town centre.

The cemetery contains the graves of twenty-five Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War, all dating from late October 1918, and the Allied Advance to Victory.