Sloan, George (No. 17004)

Sloan, George

Rifleman

No. 17004, ‘B’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 32)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)

Comber and District War Memorial

Comber Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church

First World War Roll of Honour of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland

BIOGRAPHY

George Sloan was born on 2 November 1883 in Mill Street, Comber and he was a son of John and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Sloan (nee Whan) who were married on 11 May 1877.

The Sloan family lived in Comber, in Mill Street; in McConnell’s Row; in Hill Head; in High Street and at 9 Brae Side.

John Sloan worked as a general labourer and he and Elizabeth had at least six children including:

Margaret (born 8 May 1881 in Mill Street, Comber)

Mary McMillen (born 12 August 1882 in Mill Street, Comber)

George (born 2 November 1883 in Mill Street, Comber)

Jane (born 24 November 1885)

Thomas (born 30 March 1892 in McConnell’s Row, Comber)

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War, George Sloan worked as a farm labourer.  He enlisted in Belfast and served in France with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Rifleman George Sloan was posted as missing in action after the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  A year later, in July 1917, it was officially confirmed that he must be presumed to have been killed in action on 1 July 1916.

Rifleman George Sloan was 32 when he died and he has no known grave.

Rifleman George Sloan is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France; on Comber and District War Memorial; in Comber Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church and in the First World War Roll of Honour of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland.