Swabey, Alan Maurice Eustace (1894-1915)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.
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Details: Alan Maurice Eustace Swabey (1894-1915), born 22 October 1894 at Misterton, Somerset, son of Frederick Eustace Swabey (1858-1919), a solicitor in Crewkerne, and Catherine Swabey (née Calley) of Langley Misterton, Crewkerne, Somerset. Grandson of the late Rev. Maurice Swabey, Vicar of St. Thomas, Exeter. Great-grandson of the late Captain William Swabey, R.H.A., who fought under Wellington in the Peninsula and at Waterloo.
Attended Sherborne Preparatory School.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) September 1909-December 1912; 1st XV rugby football team 1912; member of the OTC.
February 1914, received a commission in the Special Reserve, being attached to the 1st Somerset Light Infantry at Colchester for six months’ training.
WW1, 2nd Lieutenant in Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry), 3rd Bn. Joined his battalion at Plymouth, and on 26 October 1914 proceeded to France and was attached to the 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry in the trenches until 22 February 1915, when he was transferred to the 1st Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, with which regiment he was serving at the time of his death. Killed near Zonnebeke on 20 April 1915.
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 21 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/915510/SWABEY,%20ALAN...
Sherborne Preparatory School roll of honour www.flickr.com/photos/sherborneschoolarchives/28163613991...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbey House roll of honour.
A senior officer of the regiment in reporting Lieutenant Swabey’s death wrote: ‘He is a severe loss to us, both as an officer and a comrade. His bright and cheery disposition had endeared him to all, both officers and men. As an officer he was one of the most capable for his age I have ever met.’