Harry Leslie SWAIN

Regimental number278
Date of birth28 November 1882
Place of birthLeytonstone, Essex, England
SchoolSt Bonaventure's Grammar School, Upton, Essex, England
Age on arrival in Australia28-29
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWaterside worker
AddressEarl Street, Thompson Estate, South Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinMother, Mrs Nellie Swain, East Dene, Vista Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex, England
Previous military serviceServed in the Imperial Yeomanry, Boer War, 1900-02.
Enlistment date26 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 S.S. Omrah on 24 September 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 August 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led a party to reinforce the left flank, thereby greatly assisting to hold this flank against a determined enemy attack. He displayed great courage and initiative throughout, and set a fine example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Discharge date25 November 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Wounded in action (1) 4 September 1916; (2) 1 April 1918.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 28 April 1915; Corporal, 3 July 1915; Sergeant, 18 July 1915; commissioned as 2nd Lt, 4 August 1915; Lt, 12 March 1916; Captain, 4 April 1916; Temporary Major, 25 July-18 September 1918; Major, 7 December 1918.

Transferred to 49th Bn, 25 February 1916.

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II (Citizen Military Forces, 16 May 1940-6 April 1944).
Date of death18 February 1968
Age at death86
Place of burialAlbany Creek Crematorium, Aspley Creek, Queensland