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Elliott Darcy SLADE

Date of birth28 July 1893
Place of birthDulwich Hill, New South Wales
SchoolSydney Boys High School, New South Wales
Other trainingUniversity of Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWahroonga, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 10.5"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Elliott Slade, Cleveland Street, Wahroonga, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed as a Sergeant in the University Scouts.
Enlistment date25 March 1916
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 24 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularGraduated from B. Arts and was studying second year at Law School.
FateKilled in Action
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Date of death30 March 1918
Age at death23.8
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Ada SLADE, 'Ellerker', Cleveland Street, Wahroonga, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 24 January 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 27 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 October 1917; taken on strength, 33rd Bn, in the field, 22 October 1917.

To be Lieutenant, 23 June 1917.

On leave to England, 13 February 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 27 February 1918.

Killed in action, 30 March 1918.
Miscellaneous detailsSee 5027 Elliott Darcy SLADE for first period of service.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SLADE Elliott Darcy
Red Cross File 2520404H

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