R.N. Arthur George Swain

Rank or Title

Date of Birth

26 Nov 1899

Date of Death

23 Oct 1916

War time / or Pre War occupation

Baker's assistant


Mr Shuter, Tennyson Road, Luton


Service Number


Place of Birth

Cockernhoe nr Luton
United Kingdom

World War I Address

30 Arthur Street
United Kingdom

Place of Death

Lost at sea in Atlantic

Grave Location

Lost at sea in Atlantic

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 7th December 1916
Boy 1st Class Arthur George Swain


Boy 1st Class Arthur George Swain, J/48192, Royal Navy, was still just 16 when he went down in the Atlantic with HMS Genista, torpedoed by German submarine U-57, on October 23rd, 1916.

He was the second son of Arthur and Jane Swain, of 30 Arthur Street, Luton. He left his trade as a baker with Mr Shuter, of Tennyson Road, and joined the Navy about 12 months before his death. His body was not recovered.

The Vice-Admiral sent Mrs Swain the form of a memorial service held at Haulbowline Parish Church, Queenstown, County Cork, Ireland, on November 5th for the officers and men who were drowned. In the list of names appeared that of Arthur Swain, who died with eight young comrades.

It was a second bereavement for Mr and Mrs Swain, whose son Pte Thomas James Swain was killed in action on the Somme with the Grenadier Guards on September 10th, 1916.


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Boy 1st Class Arthur George Swain

Author: Deejaya

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