Raymond Ralph SWIFT

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SWIFT, Raymond Ralph

Service Number: 3909
Enlisted: 13 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Orroroo, South Australia, 12 September 1896
Home Town: Edwardstown, Marion, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Assistant Warehouseman
Died: Killed in Action, France, 5 April 1918, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Edwardstown District WW1 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

13 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
7 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3909, 27th Infantry Battalion
7 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3909, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Adelaide
17 Aug 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3909, 50th Infantry Battalion

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Biography

"...3909 Corporal Raymond Ralph Swift, 50th Battalion. An assistant warehouseman from Edwardstown, South Australia, prior to enlistment in the 27th Battalion, he embarked with the 9th Reinforcements from Adelaide on 7 February 1916 aboard HMAT Miltiades (A28) for Egypt. On 1 April 1916 he was transferred to the 50th Battalion which relocated to the Western Front, France, in June 1916. He was appointed Lance Corporal (L Cpl) in mid-August 1916. L Cpl Swift was transferred to the 1st ANZAC Light Railway Unit in mid-February 1917 before rejoining his battalion four months later. He was promoted to Corporal on 17 August 1917 and was transferred to the 13th Training Battalion in Codford, England, for training courses from early September 1918 until 6 March 1918. Cpl Swift was killed in action on 5 April 1918 near Albert, France. He was aged 21 years. Cpl Swift had five brothers who enlisted during the war, four of them in the AIF and one in the RAN, all of whom returned to Australia at the end of hostilities." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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