This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
James Robertson Swadel
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment:
- Service no: 6/2770
- Rank: Private
- Regiment/Service: New Zealand Infantry
- Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion, Canterbury Regiment
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death: 24
- Date of Death: 14.10.1917
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
- Grave/Mem Ref no: VIII.I.55.
- Date of Birth: 08.12.1891
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 4 Garland Pl, Dundee
- Occupation: Grocer
(J. R. Swadel, 4 Garland Pl, Dundee or S. R. Swadel, 9 Forest Park Rd, Dundee)
More about James Robertson Swadel
It is believed that James was killed in a railway accident. James was killed in a train collision between a British Return Supply Train and a French Passenger Train in the section of single line between Lottinghem and Nielles.
James R. Swadel 6/2770 New Zealanders
DUNDEE COLONIAL’S TRAGIC DEATH.
Private James R. Swadel, New Zealanders, who has been accidentally killed, was the son of Captain R. Swadel, Abertay Lightship. He emigrated about nine years ago. Upon the outbreak of war he joined the forces, and after serving for some time in Gallipoli he was drafted to France, where he was wounded in September of last year. He was home on leave about two months ago, and returned to the front where after visiting his brother George, who is also serving in France, he was accidentally killed in a railway accident which occurred on his return journey. Deceased was 25 years of age.
Dundee Courier 31st October 1917
For more information on James, visit James Service Record.
Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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