Swindle, John (No. 18/908)

Swindle, John


No. 18/908, 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Tuesday 29 May 1917 (aged 25)


Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium (Grave O. 12)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Comber and District War Memorial

First Comber Presbyterian Church

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour


In some records, his surname is spelt Swindel.

John Swindle was born on 8 February 1892 in Castle Street, Comber and he was a son of George and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Swindle (nee McCullough) who were married on 24 February 1885 in Comber Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church.  George Swindle (aged 22) from Knock, Belfast was a son of James Swindle, a labourer.  Elizabeth McCullough (aged 19) from Ballybeen, Dundonald was a son of John McCullough, a labourer.

The Swindle family lived in Ballymaglaff; in Castle Street, Comber and at 26 Railway Street, Comber.

George Swindle worked as a labourer and then as a railway watchman and he and Elizabeth had seven children:

Margaret (born 15 November 1886 in Ballymaglaff)

Agnes (born 20 May 1889 in Comber)

John (born 8 February 1892 in Castle Street, Comber)

George (born 6 December 1894 in Railway Street, Comber)

Martha McCullough (born 3 July 1898 in Railway Street, Comber)

James (born 5 September 1900 in Railway Street, Comber)

Unnamed male child (born 19 March 1902)

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War John Swindle worked as a railway porter.  He enlisted in Belfast, joined the 18th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, served with the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and was killed in action on 29 May 1917 just before the start of the Battle of Messines.

Rifleman John Swindle was 25 when he died and he was buried in Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium.

Rifleman John Swindle is commemorated on Comber and District War Memorial; in First Comber Presbyterian Church and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 617).