Swanger, Thomas Slade (No. 157563)

Swanger, Thomas Slade (Thomas)

Lance Corporal

No. 157563, Inland Water Transport, Royal Engineers

Drowned on Thursday 10 May 1917 (aged 43)

Buried:

Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery, Co. Down (Grave 11. 97)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Slade Swanger was born on 14 February 1874 in Bristol and he was a son of John and Sarah Ann Swanger.

Thomas Slade Swanger and Thursia Pocock were married on 21 July 1901 in St Clement’s Church Bristol and they had at least nine children:

Thomas George

Gladys Eveline

Hilda May

Arthur John

William Henry

Doris Lilian

Elsie Florence

Ivy Maude

Dorothy Grace (born 17 April 1915)

Thomas Slade Swanger enlisted in Bristol and he served with Inland Water Transport in the Royal Engineers.

With a a crew of 19 men, the Steam Tug PT1 left Greenock at 10.00am on Wednesday 9 May 1917 bound for Mesopotamia (now Iraq).  When nine miles south of the Calf of Man on 10 May 1917 the ship began to take in water because of a mechanical failure.  Captain Donald McLeod ordered the crew to take to the lifeboats.  The starboard boat got clear, but the port boat capsized, and the occupants fell into the sea.  Six men died.

Lance Corporal Thomas Slade Swanger (No. 157563) was found drowned at Ballyhalbert on 10 May 1917 and he was buried in Movilla New Cemetery, Newtownards.