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Henry Percy SWIFT

Regimental number2396
Place of birthMount, Moriac, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCarpenter
AddressEvans Street, Sunbury, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 10.5"
Weight165 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Swift, Evans Street, Sunbury, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Osterley on 29 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 January 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Given names Harry Percy on Nominal Roll.
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on VILLE-SUR-ANCRE near ALBERT on the morning of 19th May 1918. This N.C.O. frequently showed great initiative and courage when in charge of carrying parties under heavy fire. After the advance he epeatedly led parties carrying S.A.A. and Bombs through heavy shelling, but always succeeded in completing his work. His courageous example inspired his men. He acted with courage and initiative throughout the whole of the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Discharge date24 April 1919
Other details

War service: taken on strength, 22nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 8 January 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 26 March 1916. Appointed Lance Corporal, 31 July 1916; promoted Corporal, 17 November 1916.

Discharged from 51st General Hospital, 30 March 1917, after 31 days venereal disease treatment. Rejoined Bn, 9 April 1917.

Wounded in action (gassed), 17 July 1918; transferred to England, 3 August 1918; admitted to Connaught Hospital, Aldershot, 5 August 1918. Discharged to Littlemoor Camp, Harefield, 5 September 1918. Promoted Lance Sergeant, 4 September 1917. Admitted to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 9 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Demosthenes', 16 January 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 2 March 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 24 April 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, MSBV

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death23 October 1936
SourcesNAA: B2455, SWIFT Henry Percy

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