Born: June 7, 1854, Clerkenwell, London, England.
Died: December 7, 1939, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, England.
Buried: St. John’s Cemetery, Margate, Isle of Thanet, Kent, England.
Slater was the son of Alfred Richard Slater, a
brass founder, and Mary Ann Smith.
the father of Salvation Army (SA) music, he joined an SA drum and fife band at age seven.
He went on to learn to play the violin, and became a music teacher and member of the Royal Albert Hall Orchestral Society.
Converted to Christ in 1882, he began working in the SA Music Department at Clapton, rising to the rank of brigadier, and retiring in 1913.
He wrote over 500 songs, and produced:
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