4 December 1917: Pte Arthur Swain, 13th Bn Essex Regiment died on this day

Born in Burnley in 1897

Arthur Swain was living at 20, North Street, Burnley at the time of his enlistment (as 23399 in the East Lancashire Regiment) in early 1916.

Transferred to the 13th Bn Essex regiment after arrival in France in October 1916, Arthur took part in actions on the Ancre, at Arras and Cambrai. He was wounded during sporadic shell fire and posted missing to the south of Moeuvres (vicinity of ‘Lock Nr 6' on the Canal du Nord) on 4 December 1917. Arthur's body was never identified and he is now commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, France.

32637 Pte Arthur Swain, 13th Bn Essex Regiment 

4 December 1917


Research by David O'Mara