17th IEE Member To Fall In World War I – Private E C H Slater
Eric C H Slater, having won a Town Scholarship, entered the Municipal Technical College, Brighton, in September 1908 and took the 3 year course in electrical engineering. In August 1911 he was engaged by The British Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company Ltd, Manchester, as a mechanic. Whilst employed with British Westinghouse Eric attended evening classes in electrical engineering subjects at the Municipal School of Technology, Manchester, and in October 1913 gained the degree of Batchelor of Science (Engineering) of the London University as an external student. British Westinghouse then moved Eric to a staff position in the company’s Editorial Department.
Following the declaration of war in August 1914, E C H Slater resigned his position in order to serve in the Army. By May 1915 after a brief spell in Egypt, Eric’s Division was sent to the Gallipoli Peninsula. Towards the end of May preparations were in hand for a major attack on the enemy’s positions at Krithia and Achi Baba. On 28 May, whilst Eric was doing a tour of duty in the front-line trenches; whilst on the look-out at the parapet on that day he was hit by a sniper’s bullet and killed instantaneously.
Private Slater’s obituary was published in the IEE World War I Honour Roll and these details have been reproduced below.
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