Lance Corporal Stanley Dean Swift

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

6 Jul 1916

War time / or Pre War occupation

Hat stiffener


William Gillam, 68-70 Hibbert Street, Luton

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

37 Tavistock Street
United Kingdom

Place of Death

21st Casualty Clearing Station

Grave Location

La Neuville British Cemetery

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 20th July 1916
L-Cpl Stanley Dean Swift


Lance-Corporal Stanley Dean Swift, 20735, 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, died on July 6th, 1916, from wounds he had received during the opening of the Battle of the Somme. He was aged 22, a native of Luton and went out to the front on February 24th, 1916.

He had married Emily Lydia Carter at St Paul's Church on November 1st, 1915, and it was to her at her family home, 37 Tavistock Street, Luton, that Church of England Chaplain the Rev J. M. S. Walker wrote from the 21st Casualty Clearing Station where her husband died.

The Chaplain said Stanley did not seem to suffer. He carefully prepared for and received Holy Communion before the end came, and his body was laid to rest in the grounds of the hospital.

Before enlisting, L-Cpl Swift was employed as a stiffener at Messrs Gillam's hat factory in Hibbert Street, Luton.

Emily was remarried in Romford, Essex, in the early summer of 1918. Her new husband was called Gordon Kerr.


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L-Cpl Stanley Dean Swift

Author: Deejaya

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