1919 ABSENT VOTERS LIST - PRESTON
SWARBRICKS - FURTHER DETAILS:
SWARBRICK, Charles Peter 104122
Medal Index Card:
Swarbrick Charles P., MGC A/Corporal, 104122
Charles Peter Swarbrick was born in 1895 in Preston, the seventh of seven children born to George and Jane [Cooper] Swarbrick. In 1901 the family were living at 194, Deepdale Road, Preston. Charles’ father, George, was then employed as a cotton weaver. Charles Peter was not found with his father in 1911, his mother was also not recorded, [she did not die until 1931, so perhaps they were away somewhere]. George was boarding with a family at the same address as that of his married son, Frederick, and George Henry was living with Frederick. Both of Charles's older brothers, Frederick and George Henry also served [see below]. Charles's service papers do not survive, but the papers of the man with the regimental number 104117 enlisted on the 11th December 1915; the records of another man, No. 104033, show that he enlisted on 10th November 1915. So it would seem reasonable to suppose that Charles enlisted in or about December 1915. The Absent Voters' List has Charles serving with the 39th Battalion MGC. On 26th October 1916 the 39th Battalion arrived in Iraq and took part in the 13th Division's advance northwards. In the spring of 1917 they fought at the battles of Delli 'Abbas [27th - 28th March], Duqma [29th March] and Nahr Kalis [9th 0- 15th April]. Later in that April of 1917 the Battalion took part in the battle of Shatt al Adhaim [30th April]. Later in 1917 they were in action twice at Jabal Hamrin [16th - 20th October & 3rd - 6th December]. Then, in April 1918, the Battalion was involved in the battle of Tuz Khurmatli [29th April]. In the summer of 1918 the Batalion was transferred to the North Persia Force which fought in Transcapia in October 1918.
Charles survived the war, took over the family billiard hall business and died in 1955 at Heywood.
See also the entries for his brothers, George Henry and James
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