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John Edgar Hill SWAIN

Regimental number975
Date of birth3 December 1891
Place of birthLiverpool, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank clerk
AddressBox 166, PO, Ravensthorpe, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5'10.75"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinFather, S Swain, Box 166 PO, Ravensthorpe, Western Australia
Previous military service4 years Cadets Expiration of service
Enlistment date10 September 1914
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentLSGT
Unit name12th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A7 Medic on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1915
Discharge date31 December 1915
Other details

Joined the Royal Flying Corps as 2nd Lt, 28 August 1916. Postings: No. 76 Squadron, 9 May 1917; No. 200 Squadron, 27 July 1917; No. 33 Squadron, 22 September 1917; to France as Assistant Instructor in Gunnery, Armament School, 20 December 1917; No. 29 Squadron, 23 December 1917; No. 70 Squadron, 24 December 1917; No. 13 Wing, 15 June 1918. Admitted to hospital, 8 July 1918 (angina pectoris). Posted to No. 13 Wing, 11 August 1918; No. 1 Aircraft Supply Depot, 17 September 1918. On leave, 11 December 1918-9 January 1919. On Home Establishment, 24 January 1919; SE Area, 1 April 1919; on Unemployed List, 16 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Kyarra'; disembarked Fremantle, arrived at Melbourne?, 17 July 1915; discharged Perth, 31 December 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death19 October 1935
Place of burialKarrakatta Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, SWAIN John Edgar Hill

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