Rank or Title
Date of Birth
26 Nov 1899
Date of Death
23 Oct 1916
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
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.