The missing First World War Medals of Lance Corporal Charles William SWABY have been recovered by Police in Kensington, Victoria. Believed to be the proceeds of a break and enter offence, Police are now seeking to locate the owner of the medals.
Charles William SWABY was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth SWABY. He joined the AIF on the 7th of August, 1915. On this very day on the Gallipoli Peninsula, his fellow Light Horsemen were attacking along the ANZAC front line; notably at The Nek, Pope’s Hill and Quinn’s Post. An action which would prove catastrophic for Victoria’s 8th Light Horse Regiment and Western Australia’s 10th Light Horse Regiment.
This link to the ABC News website details the story relating to the stolen war medals. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-12/police-search-for-owner-of-stolen-war-medals/4256212
Initially allocated the service number 1355, he was re-allocated the service number 1508 which is the number recorded on the First World War Embarkation Roll. Charles boarded HMAT Ceramic (A40) at Port Melbourne on the 23rd November, 1915. However, he did not arrive into the Dardenelles theatre of operations in time to serve at Gallipoli. Upon his arrival at Egypt, he was transferred to the 13th Field Company Engineers in which he served until the 11th October, 1916, where he was mustered as a ‘Driver’. He was then transferred to the 2nd Australian Field Ambulance . His British War Medal however is stamped ‘9 Light Horse Regiment’. According to the National Archives of Australia, his Victory Medal is stamped ‘2nd Field Ambulance’.
An interesting pre-war document contained in his AIF Service Record shows that Charles served as a rifleman in the 58th Infantry, Essondon Rifles.
Despite the fact that all of his enlistment papers clearly state that his name was Charles William SWABY, the First World War Embarkation Roll records his details simply as “William SWABY”. Whilst this appears to be a mistake, a document found on page 22 of Charles’ AIF Service Record on the National Archives of Australia website indicate a document authored by the Army Records Office at Broadmeadows. The document inquires as whether or not “W. SWABY” and “C.W. SWABY” is in fact the same man. Another indicator that the First World War Embarkation Roll is not always true and correct.
Charles William SWABY would survive the war and discharged from the AIF on the 27th August, 1919.
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