1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
21/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
John Slevin was the son of James and Elizabeth Slevin. John Slevin and his twin brother James Slevin were born in Fintona on 9th May 1898. He was one of four children, all of whom were twins. In his late teens John enlisted in Omagh with Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private John Slevin was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Friday 22nd March 1918. He was killed during the retreat from St Quentin during the German Spring Offensive.
Pozieres is a village 6 kilometres north-east of the town of Albert. The Memorial encloses Pozieres British Cemetery which is a little south-west of the village on the north side of the main road, D929, from Albert to Pozieres. On the road frontage is an open arcade terminated by small buildings and broken in the middle by the entrance and gates. Along the sides and the back, stone tablets are fixed in the stone rubble walls bearing the names of the dead grouped under their Regiments. It should be added that, although the memorial stands in a cemetery of largely Australian graves, it does not bear any Australian names. The Australian soldiers who fell in France and whose graves are not known are commemorated on the National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.