Biography of Private John Charles Swift (265915) 
2nd/7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Formerly 3115 2nd/7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Died 19th July 1916


  • Name: John Charles Swift
  • Date of birth: 1891
  • Place of Birth: Colsterworth, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: October – December 1891
  • Place of Birth Registration: Grantham, Lincolnshire, England


  • Name: Charles William Swift
  • DOB: 1850
  • Place of Birth: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Assistant and grocer


  • Name: Sarah Ball
  • DOB: 1861
  • Place Of Birth: Islington, Middlesex, England
  • Marriage: 7th January 1885 St Mary, Hornsey Rise, Islington, Middlesex

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Annie Ashby Swift, 1886, Brixton
  • William Henry Swift, 1887, Brixton
  • Edith Mary Swift, 1889, Brixton
  • John Charles Swift, Colsterworth
  • Kathleen May Swift, 1900, Bourne


  • 1901: John is living with his parents at 13 Gladstone Street, Bourne, Lincolshire.
  • 1911: John is living with his grandmother Anne Ball at 2 Lambton Road, Hornsey Rise, Islington, Middlesex. The census gives him an age of 19 and he is listed as a shorthand typist.

Relatives in services


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

Newspaper Mentions

  • The Times Monday  28th August 1916
    Swift, 3115, J. C


  • Lincolnshire Free Press Tuesday 26th September 1916
    PTE. J. C. SWIFT, of the Royal Warwicks, reported “Missing”
    Bothare Bourne solder, and took part in the recent advance. Pte. G. Sherwin is son of Mr. amd Mrs. Sherwin, of West Street; and Pte. J. C. Swift, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Swift, of Gladstone Street.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • Available

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private John Charles Swift, 265915, 2nd/7th Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment was killed in action on 19th July 1916 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available

Effects Left To

  • Father Charles W


  • The British Medal
    The Victory Medal


  • UK:
  • Bourne, Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private John Charles Swift, 265915, 2nd/7th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died on 19 July 1916 Age 25
  • Son of Charles William and Sarah Swift, of 3, Meadow Gate, Bourne, Lincs.
  • Remembered with honour, Loos Memorial


© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • British Newspaper Archive.