John Bruce Slater

M, #2640, b. circa 1917, d. 22 March 1941
     John Bruce Slater was born circa 1917.1 He was the son of John Alexander Slater and Margaret Wood. John Bruce Slater was a fisherman. John died on 22 March 1941 at sea, outside Portknockie Harbour, Banffshire, Scotland. He perished with the Portknockie seine-net motor fishing boat 'Sickle' BF 353 that was struck broadside by a large wave and capsized close to the outer harbour mouth at Portknockie. Three of the four crew drowned. They were John Alexander Slater (skipper), his son John Bruce Slater and his brother William Slater (engineer). The sole survivor was deckhand and part-owner Alexander Mair.2,1,3 He was buried after 22 March 1941 at Hillhead Cemetery, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.1


  1. [S1962] John Bruce Slater, Gravestone inscription data, "NM174953, John Bruce Slater, c. 1917 to 22 MAR 1941. Occupation : Fisherman. Date of Birth : c. 1917. Headstone Ref : H188. Date of Death : 22 MAR 1941. Place of Death : At sea."
  2. [S2019] John Bruce Slater, Statutory Register of Deaths in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "See Reg. of Cor. Ents., Vol. 2, page 37, April 23rd 1941. John Bruce Slater, Fisherman (Single), died 1941, March Twenty-second, About 4h 45m P.M., Near Harbour entrance, Portknockie, Usual Residence:- 8 Station Road, Portknockie, Male, 24 years. Father: John Alex Slater, Fisherman (Deceased), Mother: Maggie Slater M.S. Wood. Cause of death: (blank) Informant: James Mair, Friend, 12 Station Road, Portknockie. Registered: 1941, March 26th at Portknockie, William Falconer, Registrar."
  3. [S1332] Mary Laing, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Mary Laing of Dinnet, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.