Top Navigation

Tom SWALES

Main CPGW Record

Surname: SWALES

Forename(s): Tom

Place of Birth: Rylstone, Yorkshire

Service No: 13653

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 9th (Service) Battalion

Division: 17th (Northern) Division

Age: 21

Date of Death: 1918-03-22

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Bay 6.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: CRACOE, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: RYLSTONE, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Tom Swales was the son of Thomas and Grace Swales, née Bownass and cousin of Ordinary Seaman James Thomas Swales (SS/8309) (q.v.). Thomas was born at Starbotton and Grace at Rylstone, Yorkshire.

1901 Rylstone, Yorkshire Census: Tom Swale, aged 3 years, born Rylstone, son of Thomas and Grace Swale.

1911 Rylstone, Yorkshire Census: Tom Swale, aged 13, years, born Rylstone, son of Thomas and Grace Swale.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Tom Swales, 13653, W. Rid. Rgt. Theatre of War first served in: 1 - France. Date of entry therein: 26.8.15. Ass. dead 22.3.18.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Tom Swales, 13653, 10th W. Rid. R.; 2nd W. Rid. R.; 9th W. Rid. R. Presumed Dead 22.3.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Tom Swales, 13653, 9 Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: On or since 22.3.18. France. Death presd. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother sole legatee - Grace. £23 14s. 10d.

Tom is commemorated in the Memorial Books of the Post Office Fellowship of Remembrance as T. Swale.

A short biography of Tom is included in: ‘Swaledale & Wharfedale Remembered - Aspects of Dales’ life through peace and war’ by Keith Taylor (2006).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

View Entry in CPGW Book

Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---

---

Click the thumbnail below to view a larger image.

Private Tom SWALES

Private Tom SWALES

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: SWALES

Forename(s): Tom

Born: Rylstone, Yorks

Residence: Skipton, Yorks

Enlisted: Grassington, Yorks

Number: 13653

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 9th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 22/03/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: SWALES

Forename(s): Tom

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 13653

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 9th Bn.

Age: 21

Awards:

Died Date: 22/03/1918

Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Grace Swales, of Rylstone, Skipton, Yorks.

---

View Additional Image(s)

Additional Photo(s) For Soldier Records

Our Wharfedale Lads

Our Wharfedale Lads

Recruits to the 'A' Coy 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) at Grassington Station, September 21st 1914. Front row left-right: 1 - Benjamin Beaumont, 5 - William Burley, 8 - William Limmer. Back row left-right: 8 - Tom Swales

Courtesy of Keith Taylor ('Swaledale and Wharfedale Remembered')

Upper Wharfedale Recruits

Upper Wharfedale Recruits

Upper Wharfedale Recruits leaving Grassington Station, September 21st 1914. Front row, kneeling, left-right: 1 - ?Arthur Stubbs, 2 - William Burley, 3 - Benjamin Beaumont (his sister Jenny is standing at the far right of the photograph), 4 - R. Harper, 5 - C.J. Kelly. Second row, left-right: 1 - W. Eley, 2 - W. Oldfield, 3 - W.P. Inman, 4 - Walter Limmer, 7 - T.S. Worsley, 8 - T. Darwin. Third row, left-right: 4 - Tom Swales

Courtesy of Keith Taylor (‘Swaledale and Wharfedale Remembered’)

Unknown platoon of 'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), Aldershot, 1914

Unknown platoon of 'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), Aldershot, 1914

Photograph sent home to his parents at Bolton by Bowland by Pte Henry (Harry) Valance Killeen (13738). Henry is standing, with his hands behind his back, 11th from right. His brother, Pte Reginald Victor Whiteley Killeen (q.v.), was killed in action on the 25 January 1916

Courtesy of Paula Ann Payne (née Bailey), Barnoldswick

'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), Bramshott, August, 1915

'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), Bramshott, August, 1915

Courtesy of Bernard Ideson

Names of identified officers and other ranks on above photograph

Names of identified officers and other ranks on above photograph

St Peter's Churchyard, Rylstone

St Peter's Churchyard, Rylstone

Family gravestone

St Peter's Churchyard, Rylstone

St Peter's Churchyard, Rylstone

Family gravestone - detail

View Craven Herald Articles

View Craven Herald Articles

Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

07 January 1916

CRACOE

THANKS FOR GIFTS RECEIVED

Miss Ashton, of Cockerham Farm, Thorpe, has received acknowledgments of parcels sent to soldiers serving at the front, the gifts having been subscribed for by friends in the district…

Pte. T. Swale, of the 10th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's Regiment, France, says:– “Just a few lines to thank you for the parcel I received a few days ago. I am sure it is very good of you to put yourself to so much trouble for us, and I am sure you have good taste in what to send the boys in the trenches. Please also thank the people for their generosity in subscribing to your scheme. We have had some very wet weather lately, which has made the trenches very unpleasant. The rain has made a pond between the German trench and ours, so there is no fear of them advancing unless they swim across, which I don’t think is likely.”

03 May 1918

WOUNDED AND MISSING

Private T. Swales, West Riding Regiment, has been reported missing since March 22nd. His parents, who live at Rylstone, would be grateful for any news of him.

21 March 1919

SWALES – In honoured and loving memory of our dearly loved son, Private Tom Swales, 9th West Riding Regiment, who was reported missing March 22nd, 1918, in his 21st year after 3½ years service.

He fought the fight, the victory won,
We weep but say “God’s will be done”;
But the unknown grave is the bitterest blow,
None but aching hearts can know.

From his loving Mother, Father, Sisters and Brothers, Rylstone.

19 March 1920

SWALES – In proud and loving memory of our dearly loved son, Private Tom Swales, 9th West Riding Regiment, who was reported missing 22nd March, 1918, later to have died on or since that date, in his 21st year.

For him high service waits,
Though earth’s last fight is fought;
God did not give that fearless soul
To end at last in nought.

The unknown grave is the bitterest blow.

Dad, Mother, Sisters and Brother, Rylstone.

18 March 1921

SWALES – In loving memory of our dear son, Pte. Tom Swales, West Riding Regt., who was missing March 22nd, 1918, in his 21st year.

“War’s bitter cost.”

Dad, Mother, Sisters and Brother, Rylstone.

---

Submit a Correction

    Name (required)

    Email Address (required)

    Telephone (required)

    Soldier Reference - Name:

    Soldier Reference - URL:

    Details of the correction to be made (required)

    Comment on this Soldier Record

    You can leave comments on this soldier record. Please note all comments will be manually approved before they appear on the website.

    No comments yet.

    Leave a Reply

    Pin It on Pinterest

    Share This