In Flanders Fields….Ernest Slough

Ernest William SLOUGH

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

St. Patrick's Cemetery

St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Loos

Rank: Private
Service No: 33582
Regiment/Service: Bedfordshire Regiment 6th Battalion
Died: 19/02/1917, aged 20
Cemetery: St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Loos, France – Grave: III. A. 30.

Personal Information

The Slough family were an established family in Geddington. William & Sarah Jane Slough, Ernest’s parents, had their home in West Street and he grew up there. He was born and baptised in October 1897. He enlisted in Kettering on 8th August 1916 and went out to France in January 1917. He initially joined the Northants Battalion before moving to the Bedfordshire Regiment.

Ernest was a keen bellringer at the church and in March 1917 a muffled peal was rung in his honour by his fellow ringers.

1901 Census: West Street, Geddington
William Slough (father); Aged 37; ironstone labourer; b. Geddington
Sarah J Slough (mother):Aged 37; b. Brigstock
John Slough (brother); Aged 10; b. Geddington
Fred Slough (brother); Aged 8; b. Geddington
Nellie Slough (sister); Aged 5; b. Geddington
Ernest W Slough; Aged 3; b. Geddington

1911 Census: West Street, Geddington
William Slough (father); Aged 47; farm labourer – married 21 years
Sarah Jane Slough (mother); Aged 47 – 7 children, all living
Fred Slough (brother); Aged 18; ironstone labourer
Nellie Slough (brother); Aged 14; domestic servant
Ernest W Slough; Aged 13; boot heel builder
Winnifred Slough (sister); Aged 8; b. Geddington
Herbert P Slough (brother); Aged 5; b. Geddington
Walter R Slough (brother); Aged 4; Geddington