Hubert Pelham Sworder


Hubert Pelham Sworder


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Royal Flying Corps
57th Squadron


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VIII. S. 32.

UK Memorials

Haileybury College Cloister Wall Memorial, Hertford Heath
Barkway Village Memorial
St Mary Magdalene Church Memorial, Barkway
St Mary Magdalene Church Individual Memorial, Barkway
Not on the Newsells memorials

Pre War

Born on 22 Aug 1897 at Newsells Bury, Royston son of John William and Annie Jane (Perkins) Sworder. Educated at Haileybury College 1911-14 and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was unmarried.

Wartime Service

After the completion of his training he was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant to the Royal West Surrey Regiment on the 21/06/15 and promoted to acting Captain in Jul 1916. He then took up signalling and became the brigade Signals Officer in July 1916. Hubert joined the RFC in August 1916 and graduated as a Pilot on the 05/02/17. He flew to France on the 14/02/17 to join 57 Squadron. On the 02/04/17 Hubert was piloting one of two aircraft on a patrol, a FE2d (A1944). When the aircraft was some distance over the enemy lines, between Arras and Cambrai, they were attacked by six German aircraft, two of which were shot down. Both the British aircraft were brought down and the observer of one aircraft was taken prisoner. He reported that both Lieutenant Sworder and his observer, Second Lieutenant Henry Margoliouth, had been killed.

Additional Information

Brother of Lieutenant John Perkins Sworder who also served in the died of wounds on Royal West Surrey Regiment.


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