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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Carnoy Military Cemetery, Somme, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
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Bleasby
Larendon Haythorn Swann was born in Bleasby in 1896 and was the son of Frank White Swann an ironmonger and Beatrice Swann née Mather of Claremont , Burton Road, Melton Mowbray. His father Frank White was born in 1872 at South Normanton, Derbyshire, his mother Beatrice Mather was born in 1873 at Newark, they were married in 1894 at Newark and went on to have the following children, Marjorie b1898 Bleasby, Kathleen Patricia b1901 Newark, Nellie Parker b1903 Newark, Elizabeth Gwendolyn b1908 Melton Mowbray and Barbara Joan b1910 Melton Mowbray. In the 1901 census the family are living at Northgate, Newark In the 1911 census the family are livng at Claremont, Burton Road, Melton Mowbray and are shown as Frank White Swann 39 yrs an ironmonger, he is living with his wife Beatrice 38 yrs and their children, Marjorie 13 yrs a scholar, Kathleen 10 yrs a scholar, Nellie Parker 8 yrs, Elizabeth Gwendolyn 3 yrs and Barbara John 1 year of age. In the 1911 census Larendon is a student at the Trent College School, Long Eaton he is shown as being 14 yrs of age and a student.
04 Sep 1915
18
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Rifleman
9th (Queen Victoria's Rifles) Bn London Regiment
Rifleman Larendon Haythorn Swann enlisted at London whilst residing at Melton Mowbray. He served with the 9th battalion London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles. He landed in France on 22nd January 1915 and was killed in action on 4th September 1915. He is buried in Carnoy Military Cemetery, Somme, France.
Swann was born J/A/S 1896 so may have been 18 when killed. Article published on 15th September 1915 in the Newark Advertiser :- Elder son of Mr F.W. Swann (member of Newark Corporation). Educated at Trent College (his father’s old school), where he served two years in the O.T.C. and afterwards employed at Messrs. J. Mather & Co. Then worked with his father at Messrs. Sharman & Ladbury, ironmongers, Melton Mowbray as an agricultural and motor engineer. In November 1914 joined the 9th London (Queen Victoria’s Rifles) and after six weeks training, went with the first draft to France in January. Since when, apart from a month in hospital with measles, has been in the thick of the fighting. Shot through the stomach on Saturday night (4th), when the Germans attacked our trenches.
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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Carnoy Military Cemetery, Somme, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Larendon Haythorn Swann - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Carnoy Military Cemetery, Somme, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle