SWARBRICK, Thomas  37801

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Swarbrick Thomas P., Loyal North Lancs. Regiment, Private, 37801

British medal

Thomas Percival Swarbrick was born on 29 Sep 1889 in Preston, the eldest of four children born to James and Amelia [Green] Swarbrick. In 1911 he was living with his parents at 23, Hammond Street, Preston and working as a labourer in an electric car works [almost certainly Dick Kerr’s on Strand Road]. Thomas Percival married Mary Ann Simm on 13th November 1915 at St Mary's Church, Preston. The couple were married by licence, which might be significant as it would have been about this time that Thomas Percival would have possibly enlisted. Thomas Percival was eligible for the British War Medal, but seems not to have been awarded the Victory Medal. This would seem to suggest that he saw service overseas, but not in an active theatre of war. The 6th Battalion, Loyal North Lancs served at Galipolli from August 1915 then, following their evacuation in January 1916 they were sent, via Egypt, to Mesopotamia. After the war Thomas Percival Swarbrick and his wife emigrated to Canada.

Thomas Percival Swarbrick died on Christmas Eve 1938 in Ontario, Canada. Thomas, who worked as a railway switchman, apparently fell under the wheels of a rail car, fracturing an arm, a leg and crushing 8 ribs. He died of hemorrhage and shock.

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

NOTE: Thomas Percival Swarbrick is listed twice in the Absent Voters lists, firstly at 1 Lark Hill Street and latterly at 23 Hammond Street. In the second entry his service number was misprinted as 3780.
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