SWARBRICK, James Leo  37104

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Swarbrick James, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, Private, 37104
Victory medal
British medal

The actual medal roll entry for James Leo gives his unit as 1/4th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. According to the Long Long Trail the 1/4th Battalion was a Territorial Battalion which in August 1914 was based at Truro. In October 1914 the Battalion sailed for India, where it remained for nearly two years. On 28th January 1916 the Battalion landed at Aden, later moving to Egypt on 13th February 1917, where it became a part of the Suez Defence Force defending the lines of communication. In June of 1917 it became a part of the 75th Division and took part in the invasion of Palestine. The Battalion saw action at the Third Battle of Gaza and the subsequent capture of Gaza and the Battle of Nabi Samweil. In 1918 the Battalion fought at the Battles of Tell'Asur, Berukin and Sharon. The Battalion ended the war at Kerkus, just south of Haifa in Palestine.

James Leo Swarbrick was born in Preston on 23rd July 1898, the fourth child of four born to James and Amelia Helen [Green] Swarbrick. In 1911 he was living with his parents at 23 Hammond Street, Preston and was a half-timer, half the day at school, the other half working in the local cotton mill as a weaver. After the war James married Ann Croft in Preston in 1924. James Leo Swarbrick died in Preston on 9 May 1984 and was buried at Preston Cemetery.

See also the entry for his brother Thomas Percival Swarbrick; as well as James Leo's family history page for more information.
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