John Swan

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 9291
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death:
  • Date of Death: 10/05/1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Chocques Military Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: I. A. 93.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 25 Lorimer Street, Dundee
  • Occupation: Police Constable
  • Mother:

    Margaret Swan, 25 Lorimer St, Dundee

  • Father:

    Peter Swan, 25 Lorimer St, Dundee

  • Siblings:

    William, Richard and James

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about John Swan

John’s 3 brothers all served during the Great War, Sgt William Swan, D.C.M. Black Watch. Pte Richard Swan, Black Watch. Pte James Swan, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. All 3 are believed to have returned home safely.

John Swan   9291  1st Black Watch


Sergt. Jas Swan a Dundee reservist, was yesterday reported killed.  Swan who was 32 years of age, had served in the 1st Black Watch, with several years’ Indian service, and, called up, he left for the Continent with the First Expeditionary Force.  He was wounded twice early in the campaign, but was unable to get home, and the intimation of his death comes in a letter from Mr A. L. Helps, the chaplain attached to the First Casualty Clearing Station.

The letter, which is dated 11th May is as follows :–“I deeply regret to say that your son, Sergeant John Swan , was brought to this clearing station yesterday night severely wounded.  In spite of the best medical attention he passed away.  Happily, he was in no pain, and died quite peacefully.  I buried him in the British Cemetery in the village of Chocques, North France.”

The late sergeant was a brother of Sergt. William Swan, who gained the D.C.M. for distinguished conduct at Givenchy.  Both sergeants were in C Company of the 1st Battalion, and Sergeant William is now in Melun Hospital suffering from wounds in the arm.  The deceased was a member of the Glasgow police force.  His mother resides at 25 Lorimer Street, Dundee.

Dundee Courier 14th May 1915

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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