|Address:||Boldon Colliery Police Station|
|Story||Sgt Matthew Slack, died March 12/13 1943, aged 52, killed by enemy action during an air raid at his post at Boldon Colliery. A warden said: "when incendiaries fell he grabbed a stirrup-pump and was making his way to a fire when a high explosive bomb wrecked the Co-op Stores and the other buildings. He was buried in the debris and was the last to be got out. when found he was still grasping the stirrup-pump". Matthew who had 31 years service in the force left a widow, two sons and two daughters Irene and Nancy. One of the sons Matthew was in the Air Force and the other Thomas fought in crete. One of the daughters was a nurse.
Sunderland Daily Echo 13 march 1943
Matthew married to Hannah born 4/6/1896 with children Tom born 3/1/1920(POW Germany), Matthew (RAF), Nancy (SRN) and Irene (WAPC).