Canadian Virtual War Memorial

William Robert Ian Slack

In memory of:

Lieutenant Colonel William Robert Ian Slack

February 4, 1956

South Korea

Military Service


Service Number:

ZP1340

Age:

45

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps

Division:

CD RCAMC

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and clasp, Canadian Forces Decoration (CD).

Additional Information


Born:

March 25, 1910
Smiths Falls, Ontario

Enlistment:

August 31, 1939

Son of William Leonard and Margaret Aletha Slack of Smiths Falls, Ontario. Brother of Leonard James, Maynard John, Alfred Ronald, Amy Mary and Major Charles Edward Slack, Govenor General's Foot Guards, killed in action, 11 August 1944. Husband of Thelma Muriel and father of Donalda Ruth Slack of Ottawa, Ontario. LCol Slack was a graduate of Smiths Falls Collegiate 1928.

Commemorated on the Wall of Remembrance.

Commemorated on Page 68 of the Korean War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

UNITED NATIONS CEMETERY (BUSAN)
South Korea

Grave Reference:

38.5.3220

Location:

The United Nations Cemetery is located in Tanggok, a suburb of Busan. The land for the cemetery was granted to the United Nations by the Republic of Korea as a tribute to all those who had laid down their lives in combatting aggression and in upholding peace and freedom. There are 2,267 servicemen buried in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery. Of these 1,538 were Commonwealth soldiers, including 376 Canadians.

Digital Collection

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  • Grave Marker– This marker honouring LCol Slack is found on the Korea Veterans' National Wall of Remembrance, Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario.

Photo courtesy of Craig B.Cameron.
  • Memorial– The central portion of the Korea Veterans' National Wall of Remembrance, Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario.

Photo courtesy of Craig B.Cameron.
  • Memorial– A closer view of the central portion of the Korea Veterans' National Wall of Remembrance, Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario.

Photo courtesy of Craig B.Cameron.
  • Photo of William Robert Ian Slack– Photo of LtCol William Robert Ian Slack in Uniform
  • Plaque– Memorial plaques for Lieutenant Colonel William Robert Ian Slack, Craftsman Frederick Slater, Trooper John Fulton Smillie and Gunner Leslie Albert Snow on the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario.
  • Memorial– A section of the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario. The memorial consists of a central section and 13 other sections containing memorial plaques for each of the 516 Canadian service men who died while serving with the Canadian Forces in the United Nations operations in Korea. It was erected by the Korea Veterans Association of Canada and was dedicated on July 27, 1997.
  • Memorial– Central Section of Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Left Part
  • Dedication– Central Section of Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Centre Part
  • Memorial– Central Section of Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Right Part
  • Inscription– Lieutenant Colonel WILLIAM ROBERT IAN SLACK is one of 23 soldiers commemorated on this panel and is one of the 516 members of the Canadian Forces whose names appear on the Korean War Monument in Ottawa.  It was erected IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE CANADIAN WHO DIED IN SERVICE DURING THE KOREAN WAR 1950-1953 AND ON KOREAN PEACE KEEPING DUTIES, 1953-1957.  Lieutenant Colonel SLACK died on February 4, 1956 and is buried in the UNITED NATIONS CEMETERY (BUSAN), South Korea.
  • Korean War Memorial– Korean War Monument, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Korean War Memorial– Close–up of the Korean War Monument in Ottawa, Ontario.  This features a Canadian soldier, facing toward Busan, Korea, where an identical monument watches over the graves of 378 Canadians in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery. Accompanying the volunteer are two Korean children, both holding symbols: the girl, a bouquet of maple leaves symbolizing Canada; and the boy, a bouquet of maple leaves and roses of Sharon, the national flower of Korea.
  • Dedication– Dedicatory inscription, Korean War Monument, Ottawa, Ontario

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