Herbert James SWIFT

Badge Number: 26606, Sub Branch: Western Australia
26606

SWIFT, Herbert James

Service Number: 3629
Enlisted: 21 November 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 8th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Orroroo, South Australia, 15 March 1885
Home Town: Edwardstown, Marion, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Blacksmith
Died: Accidental (fell from a train), Albert Park, South Australia, 27 February 1921, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Edwardstown District WW1 Roll of Honor, Orroroo Public School Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

21 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
10 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3629, 6th Pioneer Battalion
10 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3629, 8th Pioneer Battalion
10 Feb 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3629, 6th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Adelaide
10 Feb 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3629, 8th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 3629

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Biography

"KILLED BY TRAIN.  MISTAKE LEADS TO A FATALITY.

"About seven o'clock on Sunday evening, Herbert James Swift, of Price street, Edwardstown, was so severely injured at Albert Park through falling under the wheels of the Henley Beach train that he died before he reached the Adelaide Hospital. His legs were almost severed, and his face was terribly injured. F.C. Daly, of Woodville, in an official report, states that the stationmaster, Mr. Matthias, called in Dr. Dunstan, who ordered removal to the Adelaide Hospital, where Dr. Hone pronounced life to be extinct. The injured man was able to say that he alighted at Albert Park, thinking it was Seaton Park, and finding he had made a mistake, ran to re-catch the train. He slipped and fell under the wheels of one of the carriages. The possessions of the deceased included a Bible, indicating that, the unfortunate man was on his way to church. The body was removed to the morgue. The coroner has been informed." - from the Adelaide Daily Herald 28 Feb 1921 (nla.gov.au)

 

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