Vale Charles Slater – 1RAR Korea
Charlie Slater enlisted with 4/19 Prince of Wales Light Horse Regiment, service # 3111230 as a Ranger for approx. 12mths. He then joined K Force service# 3400270 and in 1951 deployed to Japan as part of the Aust Occupational Forces following WW2. While in Japan he was transferred from K Force to Royal Australian Regiment 1 Battalion (1RAR) as it was seen that 1RAR who were departing Australia for Korea had too many young inexperienced men. 1RAR entered Korean conflict.
His posting in 1RAR was within Support Company as an Assault Pioneer performing engineering and construction tasks, build defences and setup of camp sites.
Later during his time in Korea conflict, he was posted into 1RAR A-Company, 2 platoon and deployed on Hill 227 and Hill 355 in Korea. He served with The Royal Australian Regiment 1/4/52 – 23/3/53.
Charlie discharged on return to Australia. He spent many years actively within Pascoe Vale RSL, Legacy and Korean Veterans Association.
A life well lived; he will be missed.
Lest We Forget