Harry Swaine, Private 34691, 5th Bn. Border Regiment
Killed in action 21st March 1918 in France, aged 20
Son of J. William and Harriet Ann Swaine, of 62 Green St, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
Harry was reported missing in the Macclesfield Courier on 4 May 1918:
PRIVATE HARRY SWAINE
Private Harry Swaine, Border Regiment, son of Mr and Mrs Swaine, 52 Green St, is officially reported missing. It is six or seven weeks since his parents heard from him, but a wounded comrade, now in hospital in this country, who has been visited by Mr Swaine, thinks it very probable that his son is a prisoner of war. Private Swaine is now 20 years of age, was educated at St George’s and St Paul’s Schools, and was a member of the St Paul’s Church Choir and the Young Men’s Class. He joined the Army before he was 19, and went to France last September.
On 10 January 1919 the Macclesfield Times published the news that he was assumed to have been killed in action:
Pte Harry Swaine, aged 20, only son of Mr and Mrs W Swaine, 62 Green Street, Macclesfield, who was officially reported missing since March 21st last, is now believed to have been killed on or about that date. He was in the Border Regt and, prior to joining up in December 1916, was an apprentice with Messrs Heath Bros, printers, St George’s Street.
Private Harry Swaine is commemorated on Panel Ref. 46. of the Pozieres Memorial. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Harry Swaine, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.