William George Swain

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Like his elder brother, Edward, William was known as a lovely polite lad.

William, known as ‘Fat’, followed his elder brother by signing up but he was underage.

He, nevertheless, was accepted into the Army & was sent ‘to the Front’ where he was gassed & shot in the foot. He was medically discharged & received treatment for gas poisoning at home in Southall, Middlesex.

When he came of age he was conscripted & was eventually posted into the 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment; knowing what life in the trenches was like, & the fact his brother had already been killed in action, he thought of running away but his sister Alice, my paternal Nan & Munitions Worker, escorted him to Southall Railway Station to ensure he went; she was the last member of the family to see him.

On the 21st March 1918 he was killed in action & buried by the Germans.

His body was located after the war & now rests at Chapelle British Military Cemetery in Holnon, France.

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