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23/09/2019 The CWGC record Fusilier William Slaine as the son of William and Elizabeth Slaine. He is also recorded as the husband of Annie Slaine of Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
23/09/2019 William Slaine is commemorated locally on Cookstown War Memorial.
23/09/2019 Fusilier William Slaine has no known grave and is commemorated on Column 129 on the Dunkirk Memorial.
23/09/2019 Fusilier Slaine was part of a reserved demolition guard defending the La Bassée Canal, near Bethune over which friendly forces were retiring. The Royal Engineers blew the bridge as German groups attempted to storm it. This action resulted in significant loss of lives on both sides including that of Fusilier Slaine.
23/09/2019 Fusilier William Slaine was involved in the Dunkirk evacuation when he was killed in action on 23rd May 1940. He was 35 years old.
23/09/2019 William Slaine served with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers in world War Two.
23/09/2019 William Slaine went on to become the husband of Annie Slaine. They had two children, William and Elizabeth.
23/09/2019 The 1911 census lists William as age 6, living with the family at house 19 in Derrinleagh, Orritor, County Tyrone. His father was a linen finisher and his mother was a seamstress.
23/09/2019 Known family: William Slaine, Elizabeth Slaine, Kathleen Slaine (born 18th September 1901), Elizabeth Slaine (born 20th November 1902), William Slaine (born 5th November 1904), James Slaine (born 29th March 1906), Joseph Slaine (born 2nd January 1908, died 14th January 1908), Margaret Slaine (born 3rd March 1909), Lucinda Slaine (born 31st August 1913), Joseph Slaine (born 2nd July 1915).
23/09/2019 William Slaine was born on 5th November 1904. He was the second of at least eight children, all born in the Cookstown area.
23/09/2019 The 1901 census lists William's parents at house 13 in Corkill, Orritor, County Tyrone. His father was a linen beetler.
23/09/2019 William Slaine was the eldest son of William and Elizabeth Slaine. William Slaine and Elizabeth Wilson were married on 27th November 1900 in the district of Cookstown.
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