Robert Claude SWAIN

SWAIN, Robert Claude

Service Number: 2735
Enlisted: 5 May 1916, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, 11 November 1889
Home Town: Toowong, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Toowong State School & Brisbane Grammar School
Occupation: Linesman
Died: Natural Causes, Brisbane, Queensland, 23 July 1974, aged 84 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

5 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2735, Brisbane, Queensland
7 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2735, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2735, 52nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
14 Jan 1917: Wounded Private, SN 2735, 52nd Infantry Battalion, GSW (left thigh)
28 Nov 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 2735, 52nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography

"Mr and Mrs. J. W. Swain, of Augustus-street, Toowong, on Monday received a letter from their seventh and youngest son, Gunner P. Swain, attached to the Field Artillery, who has been awarded the Military Medal, and received a card from Major-General J. Monash, C.B., V.D., commanding the Third Australian Division, conveying his congratulation. The medal was awarded for gallant action in France on May 6, 1917. Gunner Swain was formerly a pupil at the Brisbane Grammar School, where he obtained the Lilley silver medal in 1911, and prior to enlisting was a surveyor's pupil with Mr. F. B. C. Ford (Deputy Surveyor General). He was under 21 years when he enlisted.

Gunner Swain is a brother of Private Robert Claude Swain, who enlisted in October 1916, and returned to Brisbane on Sunday last. Private Swain was wounded in the right hip in France and was in hospital in England for four or five months. Another brother, Private John Henry Swain, saw service in Egypt, Gallipoli, and France. He was in the battle of Pozieres on July 26, 1916, and was severely wounded. Two comrades dressed his wounds and then placed him in a German listening post. He was first officially reported as wounded, then as wounded and missing, and finally as dead. Private John Henry Swain was also an ex-pupil of the Brisbane Grammar School." - from the Brisbane Courier 31 Oct 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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