Swaddle James Sgt 4453028
Name Swaddle James
Army number 4453028
Rank Sgt Decorations=Territorial Efficiency Decoration (Medal appears in lot 61 of Tennants Militaria sale of 20th January 2016 - see below).
Date of birth 3/5/1909 - Gateshead
Unit Durham Light Infantry - enlisted 27/4/1938, Posted ?9th Bn DLI, Posted ?12th Bn DLI, Trf Black Watch 1/2/1940, Posted 1 TS, Trf Pioneer Corps 23/7/41 Vide:-Pt II Order IRO 59/41, Posted F F W, Class A Release 27/9/1945.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role
Joined Brigade Possibly 1/9/1939, dependent on DLI Battalion posting.
Prisoner of War
Died/Killed in action March 1980.
Home address 38, Weather Grove, Old Fold, Gateshead. Research suggests his parents were Ralph and Jane (nee Cook) Swaddle (to be confirmed) and that Sergeant Samuel Swaddle of the Battalion was his brother.
Source table 1TS
The catalogue entry for Lot 61 at this specialist auction carries the following description :-
Two Efficiency Medals, each with TERRITORIAL suspender bar, one awarded to 4453028 SGT.J.SWADDLE. RPC; the other to 4391169 PTE.J.A.VAUGHAN. GREEN HOWARDS.
- Private Vaughan was a prisoner of war, held in Stalag XXB in East Prussia (as, of course, were many men from 70th Infantry Brigade).
Oonagh Drage, the Military Specialist at Messrs Tennants, has advised that lot 61 came from the estate of a deceased collector, so unfortunately we have no means of identifying how Sgt SWADDLE's medal came into the collector's possession. Sincere thanks are due to Ms Drage and to Tennants for their prompt agreement to the use of their image of this award.