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The Slingsbys

Slingsbys at War

Since I was a child I have always paused at War Memorials and searched the list of fallen to see if there was a Slingsby amongst them. I have never found one. Imagine my surprise when I searched the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and found 48 names from two world wars. I suppose my interest stems from the fact that my Dad served in WW2 and my Grandparents served in WW1. Luckily for me my Dad spent a good part of the war in Iceland away from the worst of the conflict. I spent my teenage years in a town in Lyme Bay, Devon with many hours spent sailing and fishing in the bay. Imagine my surprise to learn that everytime I gazed out to sea I was looking on the watery grave of my namesake, John Slingsby who at the age of 16 and as a Midshipman died on HMS Formidable when it was torpedoed by U24 on Friday 1 January 1915. He was the son of Rev C Slingsby and Mrs Slingsby of Scriven Park, Knaresborough, Yorkshire. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial in Kent.

If you have any information about any of the 48 listed as war dead or have stories about surviving Slingsby soldiers, sailors or airmen please let us know

Entries marked with ** have additional pages attached

Other names that are interesting include;
SLINGSBY, ARTHUR MORRIS (Captain), 56th Punjabi Rifles (Frontier Force) Nationality: Indian (WGC give the fallen the nationality of their regiment) Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Slingsby, of Carla Beck. Carleton-in-Craven, Skipton, Yorks. Died: 08/03/1916 aged 30. Comemorated on memorial in Basra, Iraq. For a very brief history of the Punjab Rifles see http://www.britishempire.co.uk/forces/armyunits/indianinfantry/56thpunjabrifles.htm

SLINGSBY, GEORGE ALBERT (Stoker 1st Class) H.M.S. Harvester sunk on 11 March 1943 by U432.
For the full story go to uboat.net. This site gives a unique insight into the Uboats of 2 World Wars their fate and that of the ships that they attacked.

SLINGSBY, FRED NOEL (Sergeant (Nav)) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 76 Sqn Died 27/04/1943
aged 24. Son of Fred and Ada Slingsby, of Bingley, Yorkshire; husband of Esme Slingsby.
Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetary.
[note: In April 1943 76 Sqn (Bomber Command), based at Linton -on -Ouse was involved in Bombing the Ruhr Valley in Germany.]

SLINGSBY, HAROLD (Able Seaman Volunteer Reserve) born on 18 June 1894 to William and Fanny Slingsby, St Pancras, London.  Killed shortly before his 22nd birthday while serving on HMS Invincible. Died 31 May 1916 when the ship was sunk during the Battle of Jutland. He is recorded on the Chatham Naval Memorial.  Roll of honour and an account of the ships sinking see http://www.northeastmedals.co.uk/britishguide/jutland/hms_invincible_casualty_list_1916.htm
(Details kindly supplied Sue Slingsby (Great Niece))

SLINGSBY, STEPHEN HENRY (Lieutenant) Royal Navy died 31 May 1916 age 23 HMS Defense was sunk during the Battle of Jutland.
Roll of honour see http://www.northeastmedals.co.uk/britishguide/jutland/hms_defence_casualty_list_1916.htm


The full list

SLINGSBY, ADA  Civilian  Died 27/11/1940 aged 59 London Borough of Lambeth
SLINGSBY, ALFRED  Private 6527 died 24/10/1914  aged 29 South Lancashire Regiment
SLINGSBY, ARTHUR  Lance Corporal 475 died 21/02/1915  age unknown Northumberland Fusiliers
SLINGSBY, ARTHUR  Private 24200 died 25/03/1917  aged 26 Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
SLINGSBY, A  Private 613113 21/08/1917  age unknown London Regiment
SLINGSBY, A E  Private 202037 died 26/09/1917  age unknown Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
SLINGSBY, ALBERT EDWARD  Private 14490 died 23/03/1918  age unknown 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales' Own)
SLINGSBY, ANTHONY EDWARD KING  Lieutenant   died16/07/1915  age 26 Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
SLINGSBY, ARTHUR MORRIS  Captain  died 08/03/1916  age 30 56th Punjabi Rifles (Frontier Force) Indian
SLINGSBY, ALFRED WILLIAM  Private 1181 died 05/04/1918  age unknown Royal Fusiliers
**SLINGSBY, BERNARD EDWIN Sapper 2140772 died 19/01/1944 age 24. 22 Royal Engineers ( 213 Army Field Company).  Born on 15th May 1920 in Wood Green, London, he was posted missing on 19 Jan 1944, only 24 years old. (additional information, picture and telegram  supplied by Sue Slingsby (Great Niece)) Remembered on the Cassino Memorial, Italy.
SLINGSBY, C  Second Lieutenant  died 07/08/1915  age unknown Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
SLINGSBY, CLIFFORD FREDERICK  Able Seaman V/24618 29/11/1942  23 Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve Canadian
SLINGSBY, DOROTHY MAY  Civilian   04/10/1940  31 Civilian War Dead
SLINGSBY, ERNEST HODGSON  Lieutenant   16/04/1944  28 Royal Canadian Artillery Canadian
SLINGSBY, F  Private 15/350 died 23/04/1916  age unknown West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
SLINGSBY, FRANCIS  Private 4614423 died 29/05/1940  age19 Worcestershire Regiment
SLINGSBY, FRED NOEL  Sergeant 658262 died 27/04/1943 age 24 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
SLINGSBY, G  Private 242421 died 09/06/1917  age 19 York and Lancaster Regiment
SLINGSBY, GEORGE  Private 204856 died 09/08/1918  age 22 Hampshire Regiment
SLINGSBY, GEORGE ALBERT  Stoker 1st Class C/KX 92024 died11/03/1943  age unknown Royal Navy
SLINGSBY, HAROLD  Able Seaman London Z/2153 died 31/05/1916  age unknown Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
SLINGSBY, HARRY  Serjeant 20590 died19/07/1916  age unknown Cheshire Regiment
SLINGSBY, HARRY  Sapper 196206 died 25/09/1917  age 43 Royal Engineers
SLINGSBY, HAROLD EDWIN  Pilot Officer 187565 died 03/02/1945  age 38 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
SLINGSBY, HENRY LAURENCE  Captain   died 11/08/1917  age 24 King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
SLINGSBY, HENRY THOMAS  Private L/8631 died 18/04/1918 aged 28 The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
SLINGSBY, HARRY TURNER  Serjeant 4128858 died 27/09/1945  age unknown Cheshire Regiment
SLINGSBY, JOHN  Midshipman   died 01/01/1915  age16 Royal Navy
SLINGSBY, JOSEPH  Corporal 3254 died 06/11/1916 age 21 Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Australian
SLINGSBY, JOHN  Private 1769307 died 19/01/1944 age 23 King's Own Scottish Borderers
SLINGSBY, J W  Private 40945 died 30/11/1916 age 21 West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
SLINGSBY, JOHN WILLIAM  Bombardier 21488 died 05/05/1917  age 30 Royal Garrison Artillery
SLINGSBY, PERCY  Driver 2338421 died19/03/1945  age 27 Royal Corps of Signals United Kingdom
SLINGSBY, R W  Lance Serjeant 4344529 died 13/06/1944 age 22 East Yorkshire Regiment
SLINGSBY, STEPHEN HENRY  Lieutenant   died 31/05/1916 age 23 Royal Navy
SLINGSBY, SIDNEY THOMAS  Civilian   died 11/05/1941 age 44 Civilian War Dead
SLINGSBY, SAMUEL WALTER  Sapper B/25833 died 07/02/1943 age 40 Royal Canadian Engineers Canadian
SLINGSBY, THOMAS  Lance Corporal 202724 died 26/11/1917  age 21 York and Lancaster Regiment
SLINGSBY, T A  Sapper WR/30375 died 07/09/1919  age 34 Royal Engineers
SLINGSBY, THOMAS EDWIN  Air Mechanic 2nd Class F/7411 died 19/06/1917 age 22 Royal Naval Air Service
SLINGSBY, THOMAS EDWARD  Lance Corporal 201700 died 11/09/1918  age32 East Yorkshire Regiment
SLINGSBY, VICTOR  Private 16874 died 25/09/1915  age unknown Royal Scots
SLINGSBY, VIAOR WILLIAM  Private G/3815 died 24/08/1916  age unknown The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
SLINGSBY, WALTER  Private S/10423 died 13/10/1916 age 33 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
SLINGSBY, WILLIAM HENRY  Private 12029 died 04/07/1918  age 27 York and Lancaster Regiment
SLINGSBY, WILLIAM HENRY  Able Seaman C/JX125569 died 28/10/1942  age 33 Royal Navy
SLINGSBY, W. NORMAN  Corporal   died 15/10/1942  age 36 Home Guard

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