George V SWIFT
Rank: Private
Number: 25807
Unit: 2nd Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 3 October 1915
Age: 30
Cemetery: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

George was the son of George & Jessie Swift and had been born at Reddish, Stockport. The 1901 Census records that the family was then living in Stockport Etchells (now the area of Gatley and Heald Green). George Swift is not recorded on the Census and may have already died. Jessie was then 42. George is recorded, aged 18, working as a general labourer. His brothers and sisters are also noted - Arthur (7), Ida (3), Jack (6) and Jessie (14).

He lived at 6 Holme Street Cheadle with his wife, Alice and their four children. After the war, Alice moved to 14 Hyde Grove, Sale.

For the previous 17 years, George had worked at Cheadle Royal Hospital and was the foreman gardener. By all accounts, he was a noted grower of violas.

On 29 March 1915, he went into Stockport and enlisted, going to France on 30 July 1915. he was killed in action at the Battle of Loos just two months later.

(NB: Original research by John Hartley for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website)

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