Family History Notebook

Alfred Swindale

Son of Jabez Swindale and Caroline Milburne, born 20th May 1900 in Blackhill, Consett, County Durham 1

Married Elizabeth



Died 2nd September 1981 in Wylam, Northumberland

A doctor in the Royal Army Medical Corps2. Mason4


1    Information received in an e-mail 10/6/99

2    The Times Oct 10 1934:    Royal Army Medical Corps    Captain A Swindale MB to be Major (Jul 17)
      The Times Jan 26 1938:     Royal Army Medical Corps    Major A Swindale MB to be Lt Col and to comd. 151st (Northumbrian) Fd Amb. (Dec 1 1937)
      The Times Apr 21 1958:    Royal Army Medical Corps   Col (Hon. Brig.) Alfred Swindale tenure expired

    The Times 5 Sep 1981

"Swindale   On 3rd September suddenly and peacefully Dr Alfred Swindale, CBE, age 81 years, of 51 Woodcroft Rd, Wylam, Northumberland, husband of Elizabeth and dear father of ...."

3    Honorary MA University of Newcastle upon Tyne 1975

4    The Consecration

Nepos Lodge was consecrated at the Co-operative Hall on Friday, 30th January 1948 by W. Bro S. I. Wilson, PGD Deputy Provincial Grand Master.  The Master designate, was W Bro. Robert Steel, PProvGSwBr, a Past Master of Tynedale Lodge No. 3067. The senior warden designate was W Bro. Richard King, a Past Master of Bedlington Lodge No.6240 and St. Cuthbert Lodge No. 1902.  The Junior Warden designate was Bro. Dr. Alfred Swindale, a Master Mason of Prudence Lodge No. 3424. The Worshipful Master was duly installed and appointed and invested his Officers.  Eleven of the Founders were members of the Mother Lodge (fig. 2). The first regular meeting was held on Thursday, 19th February 1948 at 7-00 and the first two Candidates initiated. There were 17 Officers, 4 Past Masters, 12 Members and 27 visiting Brethren in attendance,

Nepos Lodge 6570

5    Another distinguished Old Boy is Alfred Swindale, CBE, TD, MD (Durham), BS, B.Hy., DPH.   Dr. Swindale, who took his Doctorate of Medicine in 1932, ...

The Story of Rutherford Grammar School, Formerly Rutherford College, Newcastle Upon Tyne - Page 223
by William Maw - 1964 - 260 pages

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With tlie death of Dr. Alfred Swindale on 3rd September the village lost one of its best-known and best-loved inhabitants, admired and respected by natives and newcomers alike. The son of a Hebburn chemist, he came to Wylam in 1924 to assist the late Dr. Bishop. Reputedly he was intended to stay only two weeks but went into partnership with Dr. Bishop and lived the rest of his life in the village, celebrating his 50th anniversary as a doctor here in 1974 beforc retiring from medical practice two years later, at the age of 76. His only absence was during his war service, spent in Burma and India, following which he was awarded the C.B.E. He was as well known for the many other contributions he made to the life of the village. For more than twenty years he was a manager of Wylam School; he was for some years a member of the Parish Council; he formed and ran the local company of the Boys' Brigade; he was a Methodist lay preacher and active Freemason; and latterly served both as Treasurer and Chairman of the Institute. Just as important as these public duties, he was a friend and trusted adviser to many individuals-not only in Wylam, but also in the surrounding area. Following completion of the new bungalows now being built on The Dene it is planned to affange a short ceremony at which they will be officially named "Swindale Cottages". It is hoped that members of the Swindale family will be able to be present.

The Wylam Globe Autumn 1981