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Harry Swarbrick

Biography of Private Harry Swarbrick (9961)
1st bn, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Regiment
Died 11th June 1917

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Harry Swarbrick

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Blackpool, Lancashire, England

Date of Birth registration:

Place of Birth Registration:


No marriage for Harry has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.


Father’s Name:
Herbert Swarbrick

Father’s DOB:

Father’s Place of Birth:
Blackpool, Lancashire, England

Father’s Occupation:

Mother’s Name:
Edith (Surname unknown)

Mother’s DOB:

Mothers POB:
Northampton, Northamptonshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
Harry Swarbrick, 1894, Blackpool

1901 Census:

1911 Census:
Harry is living with his parents at 133 Thorpe Road, Melton Mowbray. The census gives him an age of 17 and he is listed as a grocers porter.

Relatives in services:

Newspaper Mentions

Grantham Journal Saturday 16th June 1917
DEATH OF A VETERAN SOLDIER – We record this week the death of Pte. Harry Swarbrick, attached to the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Pte. Swarbrick was a regular soldier being stationed in Ireland when war was declared, and whilst there he acted as orderly to Captain Acland. Pte Swarbrick went through the Mons engagement without being wounded, but was unfortunately gassed at the battle of Hill 60. He was invalided home and for several months was in hospital at Lewisham and Brompton, after which he was discharges from the Army and came to reside with his parents at West Street, Bourne. When well enough he went to the Hon. Mrs Acland’s residence, there performing any little service he was able. A fortnight ago he caught a chill and he succumbed on Monday morning. The funeral took place yesterday at Bourne Cemetery and was attended by members of the Volunteer Force.

The Stamford and Rutland News Wednesday 20th June 1917
The death has occurred of Private Harry Swarbrick, son of Mr & Mrs Swarbrick of West Street, Bourne. The departed hero went through the whole of the Mons engagement without being wounded, but was gassed at the battle of Hill 60. He was invalided home and was several months in hospital, but was afterwards deicharged from the Army and went to reside with his parents. He had kept to his room since March and a fortnight ago caught a chill. The funeral was attended by members of the Volunteer Force.

Military Records

Attestation Papers:
None found

WW1 Soldier’s Records:
None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
None Found

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medal Card Index:
Harry’s medal card index states that he was eligible for the following medals:-
The British Medal
The Victory Medal
The 14 Star

UK:Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In memory of Private Harry Swarbrick, 9961, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Regiment who died on 11 June 1917 Age 23
Remembered with honour, Bourne Cemetery.

More information:

Military Service Timeline:

This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed.