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     Slaughter Family

Some notes on the Slaughter family:

Slaughter is a common surname in Ludham and surrounding villages. There are many Slaughter graves in St Catherine's Churchyard. For a list go to the graves index

Jacob William Slaughter

Jacob Slaughter

Jacob Slaughter was born in Horning in 1894. He lived in Lower Street. He was christened in Horning on 7th Oct 1894. His parents were Walter and Rosetta Linda Slaughter.He married Ivy M Gidney in 1917. They had a son Victor R J Slaughter born in 1917. Jacob was killed in 1918 in the great war on 9th August 1918 and is buried at the Manitoba Cemetery, Caix. Prior to enlisting, Jacob emigrated to Canada which is why he enlisted in a Canadian regiment. Despite this, he was married in Norfolk.

The 6 year old Jacob, (born Horning), is recorded on the 1901 census at Lower Street, Horning. This is the household of his grandfather, Charles, a 64 year old widower from Horning who was a Maltster by trade. Its looks like Jacobís parents are living with them, as there is a Walter Slaughter, (aged 31 and a Malster from Horning), and what is probably is wife, Rosa, (aged 29 and also from Horning). Jacobís brother Walter, (aged 9), and two sisters Elsie, (aged 4), and Rosa, (aged 1), make up the household. (They are all described as grandchildren of Charles, but it makes sense that they are all one family rather than that various of his children have chosen to send their off-spring to stay with grand-dad.
On his enlistment papers, Jacob gives his place of birth as Horning, his occupation as Blacksmith, and his next of kin as his father, Walter. He enlisted on the 23rd September 1914. At the time of his enlistment he was 21, and is described as 5 foot , 10 and a half inches tall, with a fair complexion, grey eyes and light brown hair.
Battalion War diary for this day

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Victor Rodney Jacob Slaughter

Jacob had a son Victor who was awarded the OBE for actions in WWII.

Victor and Edith
Victor Slaughter (known as Todd) and Edith

Victor was born on 9 Nov 1917 in Briston, Norfolk. He married Edith Irene Lyon in April 1945. He married again in April 1971 to Jean M H Bunce. He died in 1983 aged 65 in Wandsworth.

In 1939 he was living at 17 Warwick Gardens Romford with his widowed mother and (probably) 2 lodgers.

In World War II, Victor joined the RAF as a Flight Sgt. He was a navigator flying Wellington bombers. On 1st July 1941, he was shot down near Zwolle in The Netherlands and landed by parachute. He was captured but kept on escaping and it was these exploits that earned him the OBE.

Details are in the document below:

OBE citation

Hilda Annie/Anna Slaughter

Hilda Anna Slaughter was born (with her twin brother, Aubrey) on 28 Dec 1897. Interestingly, Aubrey was baptised a few days after he was born, but Hilda waited until the following April. Perhaps Aubrey was ill and so was quickly baptised in case he died (but he survived).

Her parents were John Slaughter (a builder) and Sarah Anne Slaughter (nee Lincoln).

Hilda married Isaac R Burton (probably Bob) when she was 57 in 1954. Her sister Ruby also married a Robert I Burton in December 1920. Ruby died in 1952 so they both probably married the same person.

She died on 4th July 1996 aged 98 and is buried in St Catherine's churchyard, Ludham.

Below are some photographs:

Slaughter and Burton Group
Sarah Anne Slaughter, Sid Slaughter, ???, Bob Burton, Ruby Burton, Aubrey Slaughter, Hilda Burton (nee Slaughter) wife of Bob, John Slaughter

John Slaughter

John Slaughter probably building Ludham Village Hall.

Please note that the Slaughter family is connected to the Lincoln family by marriage.

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