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Jack Slater was born in Ballarat, Victoria, was single and a Seaman when he enlisted with the 5th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement on 17 December 1914 at the age of 22. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 14 April 1915. He was promoted to Sergeant on 21 May 1915 while serving with the 4th Reinforcements at Lemnos. He was wounded in action on 2 September 1916 whilst in France (undefined). On 27 March 1917 he was awarded the Military medal (see below) and a month later, in April 1917, he suffered a severe gunshot wound to the left knee. While in recovery he attended School of Instruction, receiving a commission to Lieutenant on 10 September 1918. He returned to Australia 5 April 1919.
According to the Commonwealth Gazette dated 21 August 1917, 'This N.C.O. took part in the attack on STORMY TRENCH north east of GUEUDECOURT on the night of 11th/12th February, 1917, and took one prisoner. He had charge of a party detailed to construct one of the barricades, which he did in remarkably quick time and most effectively and later took charge of a wiring party in front of the new position. This N.C.O.'s work was conspicuous for its excellence and the coolness with which he carried out all whilst under heavy fire from the enemy. His example greatly encouraged his men to strenuous efforts on their part.'
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