Swain, Charles Douglas Downs

Swain, Charles Douglas Downs

Lieutenant

186th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

Died in service on Saturday 29 September 1917 (aged 25)

Buried:

White House Cemetery, St Jean-Les-Ypres, Belgium (Grave I. B. 26)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Credence Table in Helen’s Bay Church of Ireland Church

BIOGRAPHY

Lieutenant Charles Douglas Downs Swain was a son of Major Charles S. Swain and Rose Swain of The Observatory, Melville Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight.

On 7 July 1909, Charles Douglas Downs Swain was appointed Second Lieutenant in the 2nd Hampshire Battery, 1st Wessex Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

On 6 December 1911, Second Lieutenant Charles Douglas Downs Swain was transferred from the 1st Wessex Brigade to the 2nd Wessex (Howitzer) Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

On 25 June 1913, Second Lieutenant Charles Douglas Downs Swain joined the Royal Regiment of Artillery.

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and, during the Great War, Lieutenant Charles Douglas Downs Swain served for a time in the Royal Garrison Artillery at Grey Point Battery under Major F.G. Hill.

Lieutenant Charles Douglas Downs Swain was 25 when he died and he was buried in White House Cemetery, St Jean-Les-Ypres, Belgium.  His CWGC headstone bears the inscription:

R.I.P.

Lieutenant Charles Douglas Downs Swain is commemorated on the Credence Table in Helen’s Bay Church of Ireland Church which bears the following inscription:

THIS

CREDENCE TABLE WAS

ERECTED BY MAJOR F G HILL QC RGA

SEPTEMBER 1914 TO JULY 1919

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THE

OFFICERS WHO SERVED UNDER HIM AT GREY POINT

BATTERY AND GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING

AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR

ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY

CAPT W B PEPPER LIEUT C D D SWAIN

LIEUT D O’RORKE ALSO LIEUT C V DARNELL

LIEUT L H McKISACK ATTACHED RFC

ATTACHED INFANTRY OFFICERS

CAPT W A VERSCHOLE ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS

LIEUT O B MACAUSLAND INDIAN ARMY

LIEUT W LA NAUZE ROYAL IRISH RIFLES