World War 2 (1939 - 1945)


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Alexander Slater

Service: Army
Regiment: 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 2766974

Alexander Slater was born in Thornliebank in 1914, son of William Slater and Annabella Slater née Craig. He was employed as a bricklayer and although he lived in Thornliebank, he played football in Newton Mearns where he met his wife, Mary Dalziel Bain who lived at Malletsheugh. They were married at the Manse of Mearns on 13 May 1938 and had a son William and a daughter Helen. On 24 July 1944, during the Normandy landings, Alex was based at an observation post and offered to take his friend's turn on watch. He was killed with a single bullet.

After the war the man whom he had replaced, who had subsequently been severely injured, came to see Alex's son and told him that his father had saved his life. Alex is buried in Bayeux War Cemetery - Grave reference XV. K. 1. Alex was 29 years of age. He is also commemorated on the Thornliebank War Memorial. Alex's son still lives in Newton Mearns.

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