15th (4th Buckinghamshire Squadron) 57th Company, Imperial Yeomanry.
Died of enteric 29th January 1901 at Kroonstads, Orange River Colony.
Aged 29. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order D.S.O. [London
Gazette 27th September 1901].
The Last Post: Roll of Officers Who Fell in South Africa 1899-1902
by Mildred G Dooner
- Lieut. Sydney Arthur Slater, D.S.O., 57th Co. 15th Batt., I.Y.,
died of enteric at Kroonstad, O.R.C., Jan. 29th, 1901. He was the
son of the late E. Slater, Esq., of Ashville, Farsley, and Slingsby
Hall, Yorkshire; was born in Dec., 1872, and educated at Giggleswick
School, near Settle, and at Exeter College, Oxford. He held a commission
as a 2nd lieut. in the 3rd V.B. West Yorkshire Regt., but early
in 1900 volunteered for active service with the I.Y. In March he
was appointed lieut. in the 57th Company, and, proceeding to South
Africa, served in the Cape and Orange River Colonies. With ten men,
Lieut. Slater is stated to have made a clever capture of Boers in
Bultfontein, and, in Sept., when attacked, he made an able defence
of the place, and held the enemy at bay until relief arrived. He
was mentioned in despatches, L.G., Sept. 10th, 1891, being granted
the D.S.O., and received a letter of congratulation from F.-M. Earl
Roberts. A tablet has been erected to Lieut. Slater’s memory
in Giggleswick School.
The Distinguished Service Order 1886-1915, reprinted by
Naval & Military Press
SYDNEY ARTHUR, Lieut., served in the South African War. He was created
a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette,
27 Sept. 1901]: Sydney Arthur Slater (since deceased), Lieut., 15th
Battn. Imperial Yeomanry. In recognition of services during the
operations in South Africa. The Insignia, Warrant and Statutes were
sent to his executor, Colonel Slater.