4 December 1917: Pte Arthur Swain

Arthur Swain was born in Burnley in 1897

Location of Burnley in the north west of England (cc OpenStreetMap)

He was the only son of Henry Swain and Mary Ann (née Maden).

Arthur's father  died in 1913. 

20 North Street, Burnley - image capture September 2014 (c) Google Street View 2021

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

He 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.

Mémorial de Cambrai by René Hourdry CA BY-SA 3.0

Arthur's body was never identified and he is now commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, France.

Pension Card from The Western Front Association digital archive on Fold3 by Ancestry

32637 Pte Arthur Swain, 13th Bn Essex Regiment 

Mrs Mary Anne Swain remarried. 

4 December 1917


Research by David O'Mara

Sources: 1891, 1901, 1911 English Census; England & Wales National Probate Calendar.