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Born: 21st July 1892, Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

Died: 31st March 1917; age 24; KiA at Ecoust St. Mein, south of Croisville.

Residence: Rosebank, 110, Constable Road, Ipswich.

John had immigrated to Canada in 1911, he found employment on several farms. He was in Canada when war broke out and attempted to enlist there. Accordingly, he returned home to enlist. Again he was repeatedly rejected and took up munition work, afterwards working on a farm. After 10 attempts to enlist he was accepted in October 1916.

Enlistment: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk; Date: 2nd October 1916; Age 24 years & 2 months, Occupation: Carman. Requested to join the Honourable Artillery Company.

Embarked; Southampton 24th December 1916.

Disembarked: Havre 25th December 1916.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 9098

Regiment: Honourable Artillery Company, 2nd Battalion.


Grave Reference:

  1. A. 24.

Honourable Artillery Company Cemetery,


Pas de Calais,



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.

John was 8 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.

Charles Fredeick Sworder, 5, born Claygate, Surrey.

2 servants.


1911   Rosebank, 110, Constable Road, Ipswich.


John was 18 and a Clerk for a Surveyor. He was living with his mother & siblings.

Edith, 46, a widow.

Edith, 22.

Mary, 21.

Charles, 15.


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


John attended Ipswich School – entered 1906, and left 1908.

Ipswich School magazine June 1917



Departure date 7th August 1912 from London port, on board ‘Lake Eire’ of the Allan Lane. John’s destination Montreal, Canada.

Port of Departure: St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. On board ‘Grampian’ of the Canadian Pacific lane. Arrived 15th March 1915, Liverpool port. John was 23, and a Farmer.


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


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