1919 ABSENT VOTERS LIST - PRESTON
SWARBRICKS - FURTHER DETAILS:
SWARBRICK, Richard I. 225728
Medal Index Card:
Swarbrick Richard I., Royal Field Artillery, Driver, 225728
W.W.1 army service: Private no. 26195 Veterinary Corps 1916-1917.
Re-enlisted Royal Field Artillery [R.A. Stamped on rim of medal]
Active service Archangel/N. Russia 1918-1919
Rank: driver no. 225728
Richard Ignatius Swarbrick was born 14th April 1892, the second of five children born to Thomas and Sarah [Swarbrick] Swarbrick. In 1911 he was living with his parents in Preston and apprenticed as a printer in the family printing business. He married Queenie Ethel Luscher on 25th May 1915 at St Wilfrid's Catholic Church, Preston. He served initially with the Veterinary Corps and then was transferred to the RFA. He was part of the force sent to Northern Russia towards the end of the war and was based in the Archangel - Murmansk area. He returned home in 1919 to find that his wife had died in the influenza epidemic, leaving their two children in the care of grandparents. He subsequently married again and worked in the family printing business in Preston. He died on 10th October 1969 at Preston.
See also the entries for his brothers, Robert Aloysius and William Aloysius
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