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Private Henry Swanton

Service No.:
2760
Unit:
29th Battalion
Tree No.:
S248
Planted by:
Mrs Jack Cowan
Image of plaque on tree S248 for Henry Swanton
See Notes (1)
Image of Service Medal - British War Medal Image of Service Medal - Victory Medal
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KIA

Henry was born in Werribee, VIC in 1893 to Samuel Swanton and Helena Jane Beamish. Henry had two brothers(2), George and John, both killed in action.

Henry(3) was a carpenter when he enlisted in the AIF on the 4th of January 1916, aged about 22½. He embarked aboard the HMAT A68 Anchises in March and disembarked at Suez, Egypt in April.

In June 1916 Henry embarked from Alexandria, Egypt, disembarking at Marseilles, France a week later and joined his unit in August. In November he was killed in action.

On the above date [2.11.16], our battalion was in the reserve trench in front of Fleurs. We were having tea, when a shell exploded, killing Swanton and four others… They were all killed instantly…we buried their bodies in a shell hole behind the trench….We joined our battalion at Fromelles, about September…

Source: Red Cross Wounded & Missing

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh(4), held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh and also on the Honour Boards held at the Werribee RSL and the Church of England, Werribee(5) (known as the Little River Honour Board). He is also listed in the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Villers-Bretonneux Area, France.

Notes

  1. Name should be Swanton.
  2. Werribee Shire Banner 30 May 1940
  3. Known as Stumpy to his mates - he was a bit under 5' 3"
  4. His name is Swanson on this Roll and he is not listed as having made the supreme sacrifice.
  5. Wyndham History

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Last updated by lee, Sun, 29 Oct 2017 16:31:15