Family History Notebook

John William Swindle

Illegitimate son of Sarah Swindle, born in Henshaw, Northumberland in Sept/Oct 1878 3

Died 1962?

PersonID 05074


1    There is a John Swindle born on the 12th March 1878 registered in 1939 as a navvy in Newcastle upon Tyne who cannot yet be otherwise identified. This does not match the birth date of John William from the WW1 service records or birth registration.

2    Enlisted in 1915 and posted to DLI. Regimental number 348412. Survived war. The John W Swindle in the 2nd Durham Light Infantry is not John Wallis Swindle.


a)    1881 UK census     Sarah is living, still not married,  with her brother John in Henshaw, Northumberland. John William Swindale is stated to be John's nephew, born in Henshaw.
        1891 UK census    Sarah is housekeeper to John Dunwoodie at Smith Shield, Henshaw. Her son J W Swindle is living with her.
        1901 UK census    John is living with his uncle, working as a coal miner at Haltwhistle.
        1911 UK census    Not found
        1915                           Enlisted in Durham Light Infantry (single)

b)    The birth of John William Swindle, mother's maiden name *,  was registered in the fourth quarter of 1878 in the Haltwhistle district (FreeBMD 10b 306)

        The marriage of a John Swindle was registered in the second quarter of 1905 in Haltwhistle. However this could have been John Swindle born 1872. John William was single in 1915.

        The death of a John W. Swindle aged 82 was registered in the first quarter of 1962 in the district of North Durham (1a 483)

c)    WW1 Service Records (Images 22296 - 22342) Ancestry
Name: John William Swindle
Enlisted: 8 Dec 1915   DLI
Age: 37 years  - months
Occupation: Cartman
Address: 20 Dene Row, Hamsterley Colliery
Service: France 14.10.16 - 17.8.17; (Invalided due to Trench Fever) Home 18.8.17 - 9.2.18; Italy 10.2.18 - 25.1.19; Home 26.1.19 - 25.4.19
Declared age Ec 1915: 37 Years 3 months
Next of kin: uncle, John Swindle, Bank Top, Haltwhistle, Northumberland
??? P.R.4232 Pnr
Will: Swindle J.W. Regtl No 348412. Returned on discharge from army
(More information on service history)

WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920 [database on-line with images]. UK

Name: John W Swindle
Military Year: 1914-1920
Rank: Pioneer
Medal Awarded: British War Medal and Victory Medal
Regiment or Corps: Royal Engineers
Regimental Number: W.R.279426
Sub Unit: Railways
Previous Units: 2nd. Durham L.I. 8364. Pte., Royal Engineers. 348412