Etc. -- Nile Sloat Killed in Action, 1915 -- Two Accounts
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The following lightly edited transcript is of a page 1 article in the 
8 Jul 1915 issue of the Simcoe Reformer
[Some paragraph breaks inserted by the transcriber]

Sergt. McMaster tells of Casualties
Ptes. Sloat and Doudney killed, others wounded

The following letter from Sergt. M. McMaster, who is in charge of the first contingent from Simcoe, gives further particulars of Norfolk County boys who have been sacrificed for the honor of Canada and the Empire. The letter was written to Mrs. Sloat from France, June 15, 1915.

"I received you letter today, and am sorry to have to inform you that poor Nile did not live long after being injured. I did not see him myself, but one of the men was with him at the finish.

"His injuries were in the stomach and he was scarcely conscious. Beyond asking for water he did not say anything. Poor boy, he was a good soldier and one of my friends, but not directly under me or I would have seen him.

"Since that battle we were in another one for ten days with less casualies. Norfolk County lost another good man -- Jack Doudney. He was in the stretcher bearer corps, and had his head shot clean off while carrying a wounded man to safety.

"Some of the wounded at Langemack are back with us again. Lankey, a chum of Nile's got shot through the neck and was back in three weeks. Cormack, another Simcoe man, came back today, and has gone right up to the firing line.

"I am writing this in an open field about four miles from the trenches. One cannot hear anything but the roar of the big guns. They are going off on all sides at the rate of almost sixty a minute.

"I have been to the trenches twice today, and we were shelled both times, but with no more serious loss than that of a horse.

"By the time you receive this letter, you will have seen something of the 4th Batt. again in the papers. We are not allowed to write much, but our next move is a big one.

"Please excuse more and accept my deepest sympathy with you and yours in your bereavement, but remember Nile was a little hero and a good soldier."

Nile Sloat

The following transcription is of the very next article on the same page 
of the Simcoe Reformer. [Some paragraph breaks inserted by the transcriber]

Pte. Nile Sloat Died for King and Country in Flanders

Pte. Nile Sloat, son of Wesley Sloat, 144 Brock street, who went to France with the first Canadian contingent, was killed in action sometime in April, according to advices received here recently by his father.

The name only appeared Saturday in the casualty lists, but his friends here have known for his fate for some days. Mrs. Sloat wrote to her stepson on April 9, but received no reply until on May 20 she got her letter back with an intimation from Ottawa that he had been killed. 

In the meantime letters had arrived with contradictory news, one having it that Pte. Sloat was wounded and missing, and others intimating that he had been killed. 
In a response to a telegram inquiring the fate of his son, Mr. Sloat received official notice that he had been killed in action.

By piecing the information together it is assumed that Pte. Sloat was in the action of April 22-23 with the rest of the Simcoe boys. One letter states that the last seen of Pte. Sloat was when he was tying up Jack Watmough's head. 

Dave Cormack writes that he saw Nile on the battlefield after he had been wounded, and that he had been shot through the stomach. Cormack was wounded in the side shortly afterwards, and thinks that Pte. Sloat died of his wounds before being reached by the Red Cross.
Cormack states further that he asked Sloat if he could do anything for him and his reply was "No, I guess I'm all in."

Nile Sloat would have been 20 years old in May, and has lived and worked in the county all his life. Besides his parents, he leaves an older brother, Charles Sloat of Walsh.

From page 2 of the 9 Aug 1917 issue of the Simcoe Reformer.

Private Niles Sloat of Simcoe. Killed in Action, Apr 1915. The second man from Norfolk to give his life. 


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