Percy Alfred (H J) Swain

Name

Percy Alfred (H J) Swain

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

13/08/1916
22

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
18315
Bedfordshire Regiment
1st Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN
B.31.8
France

UK Memorials

Holy Trinity Church Memorial, Weston

Pre War

Born 7 June 1893. Baptised on 2 July 1893 in Weston. Son of William and Susan Swain of Dane End, Weston. 1911 Census; living with family at Dane End, Weston and working as Farm Labourer. He was employed by Mr T S White of Dane End Farm.

Wartime Service

Enlisted in Hitchin soon after the outbreak of war. Was wounded when the 1st Battalion were met by heavy machine gun fire as they advanced into Longueval Wood and suffered many casualties. He died of wounds at No. 6 General Hospital, Rouen, France.

Additional Information

Two brothers, Jim and Josiah also died. Josiah died of wounds in France in 1918 and Jim died of fever in 1901 in Mafeking in the Boer War ( J Swain is among those named on the South African Campaign memorial in Bedford). The youngest brother Jeremiah, ser

Acknowledgments

Peter Handy, Brenda Palmer