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SWIFT, George Kew

Swift, George Kew

Rank: Private

Year of death: 1917

Date of birth: 1876

Date of death: 25/4/1917

Place of death: Arras, France

Service number: 81443

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery


Cemetery location: Section J

Where remembered?:
Duissans British Cemetery Etvun
Folkestone Civic War Memorial

Biographical Information

George was born in Sheffield, 333 Shoreham St, son of Joseph and Rosette (from Douglas, Isle of Man). He was one of four children. His father was a grocers’ manager. In the 1891 census George was aged 14 at 56 North Marine Road Scarborough. He married Ethel Mary Graves on 11/8/1902. In the 1911 census they lived at 16 Stanley View, Douglas, IOM where George was a cafe manager. He enlisted in Folkestone on 13/1/1916 and shipped to Boulogne on 20/8/1916, where he remained until his death of wounds at No 8 Casualty Hospital, near Arras, France. His widow Ethel received a war pension of 13s 9d per week. His effects returned were listed as photographs, a heavy gold ring (plain), 2 diaries, 2 cookery books, and a tea maker. He left a will, with effects of £107.

A particularly full service record is on file at the National Archive and is available as a digital download.