Wetherby War Memorial - The Great War 1914 - 1918

Private John William Swann

Gunter, R B N
Durrant, C M
Weston, C G
Kelly, K G
Armitage, G J
Durrant, H M L
Hargreaves, J P
March, G
Dukes, W
Fowler, R
Westerman, H
Kirk, J C
Wiggins, T A
Telford, G
Harper, J W
Alexander, H W
Mason, T F
Wilkinson, W
Brown, C
Adkin, J
Barton, F
Hobman, A
Webster, A E
March, E A
Miller, G
Hannan, E
Utley, G
Walker, F
Bygrave, E W
Chapman, E
Varley, N W
Bowen, F J
Byrom, F
Backhouse, S
Dalby, M
Crossland, A
Crossley, J S
Dean, R
Frost, A E
Hodgson, F H
Holt, J
Hood, W H
Hill, W
Kitchen, T
Linfoot, E
Metcalfe, J C
Marsden, J
Pawson, W
Precious, G
Scutt, T G
Wiggins, J
Walker, E
Wood, A
Young, T
Pratt, W
Taylor, H
Dawson, G W
Lister, J
Binge, T
Atack, G
Durham, E F
Precious, G R
Wheelhouse Smith, W
Backhouse, H
Swann, J W
Burnsides, G A
Coles, W
Kelly, H W
Miles, J G
Tapsell, K

3rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Died 31st August 1918

Cemetery : Valley Cemetery, Vis-en-Artois, Pas de Calais, France
Grave Reference or Panel Number : A.10

Son of George and Francis Kate Swann of Linton, near Wetherby.

John was born at Linton, near Wetherby in 1896 to parents George, a Farmer, and Francis Kate Swann.
In 1911 the family are recorded as residing at West End, Wetherby, with George being employed as a Market Gardener and John, aged 14 years, finding employment as a Painters Apprentice.

On his Attestation Paper, date of birth is given as 28th June 1896, trade as farming, and next of kin as George Swann of Wetherby. Date of Attestation is 14th August 1915. The 1901 Census details also lists John's Mother as Francis Kate Swann.

A following description of John on the Attestation Paper reads;

'Apparent age, 19 years. Height, 5 feet 7 and a half inches. Chest measurement, Girth when fully expanded, 33 and a half inches, Range of expansion, 3 and a half inches. Complexion, fair, eyes, blue, hair, brown. Religion stated as Church of England. Place of enlistment given as Moosman?'

The cemetery was begun on 31st August 1918 with the burial of 31 officers and men of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Battalion, who had died the previous day in the capture of Orix Trench, in the big grave in Row A, now numbered 8 to 11.

John is also commemorated on his parents Headstone located in Wetherby Cemetery, his age is given as 22 years at the time of his death.