En personne

Date: 09/22/2024

Endroit: Ottawa Ontario

Courses Virtuelles

Date: 09/06/2024 - 09/27/2024

Private James Chancie Sloat

James Chancie “Jay” Sloat was born on September 25th , 1924 on the original family homestead located in the
Buffalo Lakes area, northwest of Grande Prairie, Alberta. His parents, Henry James Sloat and Irene Sloat (nee:  Connors) later moved Jay and his siblings to the Westmark area where they had bought 2 quarters on the banks of the Burnt River. Jay walked 3 miles, cross country, to attend the
Northmark School until the age of 14. He quit school to help his father on the farm support the family
which had grown to 12 children. Jay worked the farm in season and worked in the sawmill during the
winter, piling lumber and as a labourer.  Jay was described as a friendly, gentle, quiet man; small in
stature, big in heart.  For enjoyment Jay liked hunting, trapping, skiing, playing cards with the neighbours, tousling and teasing his younger brothers and sisters, and listening to the radio. 
 
Jay, wishing to serve his country during WWII, enlisted on November 27 th , 1943 at Depot #13 Calgary, Alberta, Regimental #8545.  From December 8th , 1943  through June 24th , 1944, Jay attended training centres in Canada at:  #A15 Shilo Canadian Artillery Training Centre, Manitoba  #A22 Camp Borden, Canadian Army Medical Corp, Ontario, #A30 Sussex Canadian Infantry, New Brunswick.   
 
On June 24th, 1944, Jay embarked for the United Kingdom from Windsor Transit Camp, Nova Scotia. He reported for RCAMC duty as an orderly at the UK General Hospital July 4th , 1944 to September 5th , 1944. At Jay’s request, he was reinstated to the Canadian Infantry Corps and completed conversion training with the R. M. Rangers. October 20th, 1944 he was assigned to the Canadian Infantry Reinforcement Unit attached to the Canadian Fussiliers.  
 
On November 3rd, 1944, Jay was deployed from the UK on the Central Mediterranean Force Task, arriving
in Italy November 18th, 1944. On December 27th, 1944, Private James Chancie Sloat of the Royal
Canadian Regiment was killed in action at the age of 19, paying the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Private James Sloat was buried in Russ 9 – Bognacavallo RCE Cemetery. A reburial later took place at the Bologna, British Empire Cemetery, Bologna, Italy honouring Jay in his final resting place.

“At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them”.