Stolen First World War Medals of Charles William SWABY – 9th Light Horse Regiment – found by Police

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.

IMAGE RIGHT: The 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, similar to the stolen war medals recovered by Police that related to Charles William SWABY.

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’.

IMAGE LEFT: The document, showing that Charles Williams SWABY served in the 58th Infantry, Essondon Rifles prior to his enlistment into the AIF (Australian Imperial Force).

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.

If you are the owner of these stolen war medals, could you please contact the Administrator at customerservice@medalsgonemissing.com or telephone 0449 692401 for further details.

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Gary Traynor is the volunteer Administrator of the Militaria based website MEDALSGONEMISSING. The aim of this "NOT FOR PROFIT" website is to reunite families, with lost War Medals and other items of militaria. Anything from medals to items of uniform. What Gary refers to as their "lost heritage". He has been actively involved in the Militaria world and researching of Military History for well over 30 years. As a result, Gary also conducts valuations and offers advice on all items of militaria. He has acted as advisor to a number of television and Foxtel productions; including Sir Tony Robinson's "Tour of Duty" series which featured on the History Channel. Gary is a field historian and conducts tours to Gallipoli, The Western Front, Kokoda and many other major battle sites around the world. He was a member of the Australian Army Reserve (UNSWR & 4/3 RNSWR) and served for 23 years with the New South Wales Police Force. He is perhaps the only person who has been employed at the Australian War Memorial in all three capacities .... as a volunteer, part time and full time employee .... starting as a qualified tour guide, working in the public galleries as an Information Assistant and finally Assistant Curator in Military Heraldry & Technology. Medalsgonemissing is a website that will assist you in locating your family's lost war medals and other awards. If you have an ancestor who served in any of the British Commonwealth Armed Services at any time - and whose medals are lost/stolen or simply missing....then so long as the medals are out there - this site will help you to locate them. However the site also contains articles of interest in relation to Military History, War Memorials & Uniforms / kit. Please explore our website as there is sure to be something of interest to you.
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