STANLEY SWINBURN

Born: 31st October 1901, Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

Died: 6th October 1940; age: 38; killed at his post serving aboard S.S. ‘Firecrest,’ at sea off Harwich by enemy action.

Family Note: The family history is that Stanley was manning a machine gun when the S.S. Firecrest was shot at by a German fighter plane. As a result of this attack, Stanley was killed at his post whilst defending his ship. He was the only crew member to lose his life in this incident. John M. Smaller, Nephew.

Residence: 42, Gladstone Road, Ipswich.

 

Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: 149359.

Regiment: Merchant Navy, S.S. ‘Firecrest’

 

Grave Reference:

X.J.3.397.

Ipswich New Cemetery,

Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1911   54, Sussex Street, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire.

 

Stanley was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Eli Swinburn, 49, a General Engineer – Marine Engineering, born Wellowgate, Lincolnshire.

Elizabeth Swinburn (nee Jessup), 46, born Leven, Yorkshire.

Herbert Swinburn, 20, a Fish Packer – Fish Trade, born Hull, Yorkshire.

Frederick Swinburn, 19, an Outfitters Assistant, born Hull.

Edgar Swinburn, 16, an Errand Boy – Grocer’s Shop, born Grimsby.

Rhoda Swinburn, 14, born Grimsby.

Cyril Swinburn, 11, born Grimsby.

Queenie Swinburn, 3, born Grimsby.

 

Stanley’s mother, Elizabeth Swinburn died April 1918, Grimsby. His father, Eli Swinburn died May 1938, Grimsby.

Grace Southall.

In 1930, Ipswich, Stanley married Grace Angelina Southall, born October 1905, Ipswich – daughter of John Southall, a boiler rivetter and Amelia Southall (nee Martin), of Ipswich.

Grace and Stanley had one son:

Terence Henry Martin Swinburn, born December 1930, Ipswich.

 

ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939

Stanley’s wife, Grace and their son Terence were living at at their family home – 42, Gladstone Road, Ipswich. Grace’s sister was also living with the Swinburn family.

Doris Amelia Southall, a Hospital Clerk, born November 1907, Ipswich.

Terrence Swinburn.

Stanley is buried in a War Grave in Ipswich. Later on Grace and Terry were buried with him.

 

Grace and Doris’ brother Albert Edward Southall lost his life during the First World War when he was KiA on the 30th November 1917, he was 19 years old. Albert was ranked a Private for the Essex Regiment, 1st Battalion. Laid to rest at Fins New British Cemetery, France.

 

6th October 1940

S.S. ‘Firecrest’ a steamship was damaged with bombs & gunfire by an Enemy aircraft, but not lost.

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  • The family history is that Stanley was manning a machine gun when the S.S. Firecrest was shot at by a German fighter plane. As a result of this attack Stanley was killed at his post whilst defending his ship. He was the only crew member to lose his life in this incident. John M. Smaller, Nephew.

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