Noah Swain

Name

Noah Swain

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

13/08/1917
33

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
47371
The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment
16th Labour Coy.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

BRANDHOEK NEW MILITARY CEMETERY
VI. E. 33
Belgium

UK Memorials

St Albans Citizens Memorial
Town Hall (old) Memorial, St Albans
List of names (probable) on the Abbey Parish street memorials, St Albans Cathedral
Sopwell Lane, Street Memorial, St Albans
Not on the Weston memorials

Pre War

Born in 1884 in Weston, Herts to William and Emma Swain. Baptised on 7 December 1884 at Weston. Married Amy Walker on 15 May 1910. 1911 Census: living with wife and daughter Olivia (1-month-old) at 45 Albert Street, St Albans, Herts and working as Carman Cable Contractor. On enlistment he was living at 62 Sopwell Lane, Herts with wife Amy and two children, Olivia, born 1911 and Marjorie born 1915. He gave his occupation as Coal Merchant.

Wartime Service

Initially enlisted in St Albans on 11 December 1915, but not accepted until 26 February 1917. Was said on enlistment to be only 5ft 4½in tall and with poor eyesight. Left Folkestone for Boulogne on 11 March 1917. Initially with Royal West Surrey Regt, but transferred to 124th Labour Corps as 73893 on 14 May 1917. Died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Additional Information

War gratuity of £3 awarded to widow Amy. His personal effects were returned to his widow, then living at 21 Queen Street, St Albans. They included letters, pipe, pouch, pocket wallet, religious book, purse, pocket knife, ring, 2 keys. His widow wrote a mo

Acknowledgments

Gareth Hughes, Peter Handy, Brenda Palmer