Private Richard Swan

Private Richard Swan, 1st/7th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France on 15th September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France. He was a native of Berwick and had enlisted in Alnwick. He fell in an attack on strong German positions near Mametz Wood which resulted in some gains which could not be consolidated and cost the Battalion heavily. 3 Officers and 40 Other Ranks were killed and 7 Officers and 219 Other Ranks were wounded. In addition 74 Other Ranks were posted missing. The illustration is an artist’s impression of the grim fighting that took place in and around the woods on the Somme such as Mametz.

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