Grimsby Newspapers
Three Grimsby boys make supreme sacrifice
Grimsby Independent, 20 Dec 1916, p. 5

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Newspaper located at the Grimsby Museum.
Date of Publication:
20 Dec 1916
Personal Name(s):
Slinn, Alfred ; Robson, Robert ; Bates, Fred
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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That more Grimsby soldiers have made the supreme sacrifice , without the knowledge reaching Grimsby at all, has recently just come to life. These boys were residents of Grimsby and went away with Grimsby details, but owing to their next of kin living in England, the messages of death went to them instead of coming to Grimsby. Through private sources, Clerk Bromley had received information to the effect that Pte. Alfred Slinn, Pte. Robert Robson and Pte. Fred Bates have been killed and Fred Pressey wounded.

Pte. Alfred Slinn enlisted with "Fighting B" Squadron at the outbreak of the war and went to Valcartier where he was transferred to the 15th Battalion. At Langemarck he was gassed slightly but soon returned to duty. At the big scrap at Ypres in the spring of 1916 he was killed in action. He was about 25 years of age and was born in Northampton, England. His brother, George Slinn, enlisted last fall with the 2nd Dragoons and went overseas with the Canadian Mounted Rifles second draft in June last.

Pte. Robert Robson was born in Forest Row, Sussex, England, and for a number of years before the outbreak of war lived in and around Grimsby. He went to Valcartier with the first bunch of "Fighting B" boys and was transferred to the 15th Battalion. He was killed in action at the "June Show".

Pte. Fred Bates was killed in action on Dec. 2nd at the Somme. He left here as a member of "B" Co., 98th Battalion.

Pte. Fred Pressey was a member of the 15th Battalion, leaving here with "B" Squadron. He was all through Langemarck, St. Julien, Festerburt and all the other big scraps with the "15" boys, but "got his" at the Somme in July. He is now recuperating at his home in England.

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Three Grimsby boys make supreme sacrifice