Elliott Darcy SLADE


SLADE, Elliott Darcy

Service Number: 5027
Enlisted: 31 May 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 33rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Dulwich Hill, NSW, 18 July 1894
Home Town: Wahroonga, Ku-ring-gai, New South Wales
Schooling: Sydney Boys High School & Sydney University
Occupation: Articled Clerk & Law Student
Died: Killed in Action, France, 30 March 1918, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Adelaide Cemetery Villers-Bretonneux
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), Wahroonga St Andrew's Anglican Church WW1 Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

31 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5027, Army Medical Corps (AIF)
14 Jul 1915: Involvement Private, SN 5027, Hospital Transport Corps
14 Jul 1915: Embarked Private, SN 5027, Hospital Transport Corps, HMAT Orsova, Sydney
24 Jan 1917: Involvement 33rd Infantry Battalion
24 Jan 1917: Embarked 33rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Sydney
30 Mar 1918: Involvement Lieutenant, 33rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Elliott Darcy SLADE was born in Dulwich Hill, Sydney, NSW in 1894

His parents were John Elliott SLADE & Ada CHAMPNEYS who married in the Christ Church, Lyttelton on 26th November, 1891

E.D. Slade was the son of John Elliott Slade and Ada Slade of Elleker, Cleveland Street, Wahroonga and it was from Wahroonga that he enlisted. His birth was registered at Marrickville.
He was educated at Gordon Public School and Sydney High School, graduating in Arts at University of Sydney. He was a second year Law student when he enlisted.
He was a member of the Sydney University Scouts.
In May 1915 he enlisted in the Australian Army Medical Corps, sailing on the Hospital Ship Karoola in July. After several voyages, he transferred to the Infantry and after attending Duntroon was commissioned and sailed in January 1917. He crossed to France with reinforcements and joined the 33rd Battalion in October. He served as Passchendale and VillersBretonneux, was promoted Lieutenant on 23rd June 1917 but was KIA at VillersBretonneux. His name appears on the VillersBretonneux memorial.
His Commanding Officer wrote to his parents "Your son distinguished himself throughout this difficult operation attack with 12 Lancers on a line from Marcelcave to Aubercourt by his excellent leadership, his coolness and courage, and by his determination''. It was in this same action that Lieutenant J.G.A. Pockley, also of the 33rd Battalion was killed. On the Wahroonga War Memorial he is shown as having enlisted in 1915. His name also appears on the Honour Roll of St. Andrews' Anglican Church Wahroonga.