George Henry Swain

Name

George Henry Swain

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

06/10/1918
26

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
2223369
Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)
7th Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

QUEANT ROAD CEMETERY, BUISSY
VII. G. 31.
France

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

St Mary’s Church Bayford & Brickendon Memorial, Bayford

Pre War

Born 7 Jan 1892 in Mangrove Lane, Hertford, son of Albert and Lilian Swain. He was christened on 17 Apr 1892 in Weston, Herts. and was living in Paradise Row, Brickendon, Herts. in 1901. Albert and Lilian moved back to Pegler’s Farm near Hitchin. He emigrated to Vancouver on his own in 1910 and was living in 533 Robson St, Vancouver in 1911.

Wartime Service

He joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force and returned to fight. He enlisted in Vancouver on 31 Jul 1917, embarked from Halifax on 20 Nov 1917 on the S.S. Scotia arriving in Liverpool on 7 Dec 1917. After training in England, he joined his unit on 11 Aug 1918. On 27 Sep the 7th Bn. attacked the enemy from Bourlon Wood near Cambrai. Heavy fighting took place until they were relieved on 1st Oct. While enjoying some rest and recreation in the nearby chateau over the next week, a shell landed on them and he was killed with others. His brother Albert, in the Grenadier Guards, came that same day to visit him on his day off and was shown his body.

Additional Information

Of the ten families living in Paradise Row, four lost a total of five sons in WW1 and all are listed on this memorial.

Acknowledgments

Jonty Wild
Malcolm Lennox, Terry Swain