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Born: 14th December 1895, Claygate, Surrey.

Died: 3rd July 1916; age 20; KiA – Reported missing on the 3rd July, and later reported killed on that day. He was twice wounded on the day of his death, but insisted on continuing to lead his men right up to the German lines, where he fell.

Residence: Rosebank, 110, Constable Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Charles served his articles with Civil Engineer, Mr. Henry Miller, County Surveyor.

Joined the Honourable Artillery Company, in January 1915 and attained the rank of Lance Sergeant.


Date of Entry Therein: 1st July 1915 – France.


Rank: 2nd Lieutenant; Service Number: 2860

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.

Commissioned from the Hon. Artillery Company 23rd April, 1916.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:

VIII. F. 10.

Ovillers Military Cemetery,




Relatives Notified and Address: Son of the late Mr. William Sworder and Mrs. Edith Sworder, of 110, Constable Road, Ipswich.






1901   The Limes, Earls Colne, Essex.


Charles was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Sworder, 57, a retired Farmer; born Shillington, Bedfordshire.

Edith Sworder (nee Smyth), 37; born Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

Edith Margaret Sworder, 12, born Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

Mary Smyth Sworder, 11, born Hitchin.

John Leslie Sworder, 8, born Hitchin.

2 servants.


1911   Rosebank, 110, Constable Road, Ipswich.


Charles was 15 and living with his mother & siblings.

Edith, 46, a widow.

Edith, 22.

Mary, 21.

John, 18, a Clerk for a Surveyor.


Charles’s father, William Sworder died in 1901, Earls Colne, Essex.


Charles attended Ipswich School – entered 1908 and left in 1913.

Ipswich School magazine June 1917


Charles is also remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School, and on the Southampton Cenotaph, and at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich and at St. Mary le Elms Church memorial.



The medals awarded to Charles and John together with 2 lockets containing photographs of the brothers and one of their mother were put up for auction in September 2000, valued at £500 – £550 but were not sold.


Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion:

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

Suffolk Regiment website

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