Swain, Charles Douglas Downs
186th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
Died in service on Saturday 29 September 1917 (aged 25)
White House Cemetery, St Jean-Les-Ypres, Belgium (Grave I. B. 26)
Credence Table in Helen’s Bay Church of Ireland Church
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:
Lieutenant Charles Douglas Downs Swain is commemorated on the Credence Table in Helen’s Bay Church of Ireland Church which bears the following inscription:
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