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Place of Birth: Rylstone, Yorkshire
Service No: 13653
Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Battalion / Unit: 9th (Service) Battalion
Division: 17th (Northern) Division
Date of Death: 1918-03-22
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
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 entryView Entry in CPGW Book
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---
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Private Tom SWALES
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division
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