World War 1 Centenary – Soldiers from Swanbourne

Soldiers from Swanbourne

Researched by Linda Rodgers and Ken Harris

All of those Swanbourne men who are named on the War Memorial opposite St. Swithun’s Church, have been researched.  The results of this research are summarised as PDF’s below.  Click on the soldier’s name for more details.

Swanbourne War Memorial

Swanbourne War Memorial

WW1 William Alderman

WW1 Nimrod Boughton

WW1 Thomas Cox

WW1 William George Currell

WW1 Thomas Elmer

WW1 Thomas Francis Halford Fremantle

WW1 Herbert William Gurnett

WW1 John Henry Higgins

WW1 William Thomas Hinton

WW1 Frederick James Keen

WW1 George Thomas Leonard

WW1 John Henry Leonard

WW1 Frederick Pitkin

WW1 Ernest Price Exhibition v2

WW1 George Henry Turvey

World War 1 Medals

Most of Swanbourne’s Servicemen would have been awarded two British campaign medals.  They are commonly found as family heirlooms: the British War Medal and the Victory Medal (photograph, below right).

World War 1 medals

World War 1 medals

Swanbourne War Memorial and Memorial Gardens

These new memorial gardens (adjacent to the main war memorial site) have been developed as a place for rest, remembrance and reflection. Swanbourne Community Association helped to initiate the project in cooperation with the Parish Council.

Roger and Anne Parker were instrumental in the acquisition of the excellent circular bench.

A new history plaque (written and designed by the SHG and funded by the PC) has been installed which provides details of Swanbourne’s WW1 veterans. The PC also funded new ironwork fencing at the boundary with the Park, and an entrance gate.

The whole project has been assisted by securing one of the last grants from AVDC’s Community Chest to the SCA and a grant from Bucks County Council’s LAF fund to the PC. Special thanks go to Philip and Sylvia Dalton who are our gardeners. They have done a fantastic job, completely transforming the garden area.

Memorial plaque and stand

Servicemen information and artwork for the new plaque

Updated information on all the servicemen has been meticulously researched by Linda Rodgers and Ken Harris.  Clive Rodgers has used the servicemen lists to compile a plaque for the new gardens including the artwork and enhanced archive photographs.

For the new plaque artwork as a PDF:-swanbourne-war-memorial-plaque-as-a3-size-final-version-2a