SWARBRICK, Frank  47295

Medal Index Card:

Swarbrick Francis York & Lancaster Regiment
Private 47295

Victory medal
British medals

Extract from service record WO 363 S2918

Record of Service Paper
47293 [sic] Francis Swarbrick York & Lancaster Regiment
Address: 10, Hill Street, Preston
Trade: apprentice bricksetter
20th December 1917

Francis Swarbrick 47295 private 15th Battalion Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment
Francis Swarbrick was examined by a Medical Board at Preston:

Age: 18 years and 1 month
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Weight: 126 lbs
Chest: 34 inches - expansion 4 inches
Hair: brown
Eyes: grey
Complexion: sallow
Distinguishing marks: mole on left side of neck
Next of kin: father Richard Swarbrick of 10 Hill Street [off Friargate] Preston.
Defects or ailments: Deformed – flat feet, web toes both feet
Joined on enlistment: 53rd [Y.S.] Batt. Manchester Regiment 3/94177
Transferred to: York & Lancaster Regiment 47293

M.N.S Form R, 3491

Francis Swarbrick
10, Hill Street

Is authorised to present himself for voluntary examination before the National Service Medical Board at 7th D Preston on the 7th December 1917 at the hour of 10.00 o’clock

Signature: Geo. Toulmin
For Minister of National Service
Date 7th December 1917

Francis was granted service leave on 4th April 1918 [embarkation leave presumably]

Casualty Form – Active Service
Regiment or Corps: 53rd Training Reserve Battalion Manchester Regiment
Private 47293 Swarbrick, Francis
Religion: R. C.
Age on enlistment 18 years 1 month
Enlisted 20th December 1917 for the duration of the war
Occupation: bricksetter
Service Leave 1st 4th April 1918

Deemed to enlist – Preston – 10th December 1917
Mobilised: 20th December 1917
53rd Training Reserve Battalion, Manchester Regiment – posted 4th January 1918
53rd [Y.S.] Battalion Manchester Regiment – posted – Private 4th January 1918
Occupational Cards dispatched on 4th February 1918
52 Grad. Battalion Manchester Regiment – posted – 18th April 1918
Proceed to Base Depot [authority WO List no. A694] – Private 25th May 1918
28th May 1918 from O/C H. I.B.D. – transferred to Y Lancs. Regiment posted to 1st/5th Battalion allotted Regimental number 47293 – 28th May 1918

Embarked at Folkestone on 26th May 1918
Disembarked at Boulogne on 26th May 1918
Joined H. I. B. D. at Etaples on 26th May 1918

From O/C Battalion Joined “B” Company on the field – 2nd June 1918

He was ordered to England [PREESHEATH] for release from the army via Dieppe on 25th January 1919

Transferred to Section Z Army Reserve on 23rd February 1919
Home Address: 10, Hill Street, Preston

Letter dated 11th April 1921 [attached to his request for his war medals]

I should also be much obliged if you could tell me whether I am entitled to any claim of money for loss of apprenticeship to trade during the recent war. The term of loss being two years of my trade being a bricklayer.

Yours faithfully,

F Swarbrick

Francis Swarbrick was born 10th November 1899 in Preston, the first son of two born to Richard and Nancy [Garlick] Swarbrick. In 1911 he was living with his parents in Preston where he was still at school. He married Helen Ingram on 5th August 1926 at St Wilfrid's Catholic Church, Preston. Francis died on 11 November 1964 at Preston and is buried at Preston Cemetery.
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