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Albert Victor SWAIN

Regimental number3470
Place of birthKiama, New South Wales
SchoolPenrith Superior Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressStanmore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, W J Swain, 56 Durham Street, Stanmore, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 13 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1918
Place of death or woundingEast of Vane, France
Age at death21.3
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot VII, Row I, Grave No. I), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
71
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and May Louise SWAIN, 28 Durham Street, New South Wales
Medals

Military Medal

'During and after the attack near ZONEBEKE on 26th September, 1917, Private SWAIN displayed great courage and self sacrifice as a volunteer stretcher bearer. The Company he belonged to lay in support in the front line from which the attack was launched, but SWAIN went forward to the first objective where he dressed and assisted the wounded and directed them to Dressing Stations. Later, he made one of a stretcher squad and did many trips across very difficult and dangerous ground, working to the point of exhaustion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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