Sleath, John William Reginald

Age: 24
Date of birth: 1892 (Q1)

Parents: John William and Catherine Jane Sleath
Address: 21 High Street

Occupation: Clerk

Catherine died on February 11th 1901, aged 46, and at the time of the 1901 census, John is living at 21 High Street with his widowed father, also John, and three siblings: Arthur C (15), Dora V (13) and Violet M (12). John Snr. is a boot manufacturer and retailer on his own account and all four of the children are at school.

John Snr died on January 8th 1906, aged 64 and the family seems to have broken up. In the 1911 census, Arthur is living as a boarder at 175 Rugby Road, Leamington Spa and working as a clerk at the education office of the County Council. John appears in the 1911 census living on Warwick Row, London as part of the Royal establishment, working as a clerk in the counting house of Messrs Frederick Gorringe Ltd, Silk Mercers, Linen Drapers etc to the King.

Although he died in April 1917, John was originally posted as missing and his death was only officially confirmed in early 1918

Warwick Advertiser 2nd February 1918

John’s elder brother Arthur survived the war and died in Hampshire in 1966.

Military Service

Rank & Number: Private, 21816
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Brigade/Division: 5th Brigade, 2nd Division
Date of death: Saturday, April 28, 1917
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in Action - Battle of Arleux
Commemorated/Buried: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: Warwick School


  • Unlocking Warwick Research Group
  • Warwick Advertiser excerpt courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office

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