Other names: Brian Benjamin
Locations in this story: Blewbury, BerkshireDonhead St. Andrew, WiltshireMargate, KentMotcombe, DorsetSturminster, Dorset
Story: Brian Benjamin Slade was born in Blewbury, Berkshire, on 8 Oct 1897 the son of Leonard Gillott Slade, a farmer, and Maria Slade (nee Bishop). He spent his early life at Manor Farm, Blewbury, until the family moved to Park Gate Farm, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, though by 1911 Brian was a scholar boarding out at a private school in Margate, Kent. He had enlisted with the Cavalry of the Line (10th Hussars) on 21 Dec 1914 as a Private (Service No. H/19821). Regrettably he was discharged on 29 Mar 1915 as he was unlikely to make an efficient solder due to defective eyesight. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Stourville, Shorts Green Lane, Motcombe, Dorset, described as a Factory Relief Worker and still single. His death was recorded in Sturminster, Dorset, Registry during 1975. His brother, Robert Bishop Slade, had also served in the conflict but was killed in action.