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Boughton, Dunkirk & Hernhill
War Memorials


Private   49442

20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers

who died on 11 April 1918     Age 28

Maurice Swinyard was the son of Mr and Mrs Edwin Swinyard, of Black Cottages, Colonel’s Lane, Boughton. Maurice Swinyard was born in Tenterden in 1890. In the 1911 census, Maurice was living in his parents’ household in Chilham and was working as a farm labourer. He married Jane Bicker in 1914. A daughter, Hilda, was born in the December quarter of 1915, and a son, Maurice, was born in the December quarter of 1916.

He lived in The Street, Boughton, with his wife and two children, and before enlisting, had been employed at Wellbrook Farm. He was the brother of Ernest Swinyard, who was killed in October 1918.

Private Maurice Swinyard is remembered with honour at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, where his grave reference is IX. B. 8. Lapugnoy Military Cemetery contains 1,324 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 3 being unidentified

He is also remembered with honour at the War Memorial at St Barnabas Church, Boughton.

The following tribute was paid to Private Swinyard, in the Faversham and North East Kent News published on 25 May 1918:

A memorial service was held in St. Barnabas Church, Boughton, last Sunday evening, for Private Maurice Sidney Swinyard, Royal Fusiliers, who died of wounds in France, a few weeks back.  He was a son of Mr and Mrs Edward Swinyard, of Black Cottages, Colonel’s Lane,  Boughton, and he leaves a wife and two children, who reside in Boughton Street.  

Private Swinyard, who was 28 years of age, was formerly employed at Wellbrook Farm.  He joined up in June 1916, and went to the front in May 1917. He was home on leave at the latter part of March last, returning to the front on April 2nd.  In his last letter, dated April 8th, he was expecting to go into the trenches again at any moment, and he evidently did so a day or two later, for on the 11th he was mortally wounded, being hit in the head and chest.

A letter received by his wife stated that he was quite unconscious when he reached the dressing station, and that he died on the 11th and was buried on the 13th in the military cemetery at Lapugney.  

Private Swinyard had been wounded previously, being hit in the hand and arm, on the first night that he was in the trenches, and while in the act of helping a comrade.

Mr and Mrs Swinyard had two other sons in the Army, Charles Edward was with the Royal West Kent regiment in Palestine, and Ernest William was in the King’s Royal Rifles, in France.   They had both been serving since the early days of the war, and Ernest had once been wounded.


National Archives in association with Ancestry.com.  1901 and 1911 England census database.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org

Faversham and North Kent News

Free BMD Rootsweb

Photos - Owen

Lapugnoy Military Cemetery

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