Percival Henry Slater
Army Service Corps
Died of wounds at the No 8 General Hospital Rouen on Friday 18th December 1914 aged 32.
The M2 prefix to his service number signifies that he was a driver or mechanic of the motorised transport section of the ASC.
No.8 General Hospital was quartered at Bois Guillaume in a large private house and grounds.
No.8 General Hospital was to the south of the town and was, for most of the war, the largest of the Rouen hospitals, but its isolated position away from all other units caused some unrest among the nursing staff, who often felt rather cut off from civilisation.
The Army Service Corps were the unsung heroes of the British army in the Great War. Soldiers cannot fight without food, equipment and ammunition. In the Great War, the vast majority of this tonnage, supplying a huge army on many fronts, was supplied from Britain. Using horsed and motor vehicles, railways and waterways, the ASC performed prodigious feats of logistics and were one of the great strengths of organisation by which the war was won.
Percival is buried in the Bois-Guillaume Communal Cemetery France.
There is a headstone engraving by Mrs Mabel Duncan of 88 Carrington Street, Derby:
"Dear is the grave / Where he is laid / Sweet is the memory / That will never fade".
Mabel was Percival's Wife who he married at the Holy Trinity church in Derby in 1913. Her maiden name was Mabel Lawrence. She remarried in 1918 to a Mr Henry S Duncan.
Percy (as he was generally known as) was born at Makeney in 1881.
In 1901 Percival was a Carter living on Brookside Belper with his mother Mary Jane, brother Frederick and sisters Phobe and Miriam.
In 1911 he was living at Brook Cottage and was unemployed.
In 1901 Percival was a Carter.
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