Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.


Born: 2nd May 1893, 42, Newson Street, Ipswich.

Died: 30th June 1916; age 23; Died of Wounds received by a shell exploding in the trenches. Served 204 days.

Residence: Anerley, Surrey.

Occupation: Insurance Agent; 

Enlistment Details: Location: Croydon, Surrey; Address: 44, Stembridge Road, Anerley; Age 22 years & 6 months; Date: 10th December 1915; Religion: Wesleyan. Next of Kin: Hannah Swan, 30, Chenery Street, Ipswich. Signed up for the Duration of the War. Height: 5ft 5 3/4 ins, Scar left eyebrow.


 Offence: At Shoreham by Sea – 26th April 1916 – Overstaying his pass from M.W. until 2 pm the 27th – admonished & forfeited one day’s pay.


Rank: Private; Service Number: G/11882

Regiment: Queen’s Own ( Royal West Kent Regiment), 8th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:

I. F. 18.

Dranoutre Military Cemetery,


West Vlaanderen,



Relatives Notified and Address: Youngest son of George and Hannah Swan, of 30, Chenery Street, Ipswich.




1901   14, Newson Street, Ipswich.


Herbert was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

George Swan, 47, a Gardener (domestic); born Hawstead, Bury-St.-Edmunds, Suffolk.

Hannah Swan (nee Foreman), 46; born Bury-St.-Edmunds, Suffolk.

Henry James Swan, 23, a Gardener (domestic), born Bury St. Edmunds.

Ethel Louise Swan, 21, a Machinist at a Tailor, born Bury St. Edmunds.

Julia Elizabeth Swan, 18, a Mother’s Help, born Westerfield, Suffolk.

Violet Maud Swan, 16, a Day Girl (domestic), born Westerfield.

Albert Victor Swan, 14, an Office Boy at a Stockbroker’s, born Ipswich.

Elsie Irene Swan, 9, born Ipswich.


Herbert’s mother, Hannah Swan, after a long illness died in January 1916, at her home 30, Chenery Street, Ipswich.


On the 23rd February 1921, Mr. George E. Swan received the Memorial Scroll.


On the 14th October 1921, George received his late son’s Victory & British War medals.


Soldiers’ Effects to George Swan – father.


Herbert is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich, and on the St. Nicholas Congregational Church war memorial, once sited at St. Nicholas Street, Ipswich..


 Queen’s Own ( Royal West Kent Regiment), 8th Battalion

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