Rank: Corporal
Number: 1631
Unit: 17th Squadron ROYAL AIR FORCE
Date of Death: 7 November 1918
Age: 32
Cemetery: Plovdiv Central Cemetery, Phillippopolis, Bulgaria

The Swindells originated from Manchester and the two eldest children of John and Maria had been born there. They moved to Stockport in the early 1880s and Isaac was born in the town in the autumn of 1884 and his sister, Bertha, in about 1888. When Census was taken in 1901, the family was living at 25 Gradwell Street. Over the years, the family moved quite often living at 12 Gilmore Street, 94 Shaw Heath and 21 Heaviley Grove.

Isaac was a skilled man who worked for Crossley Motors in Manchester. The Company manufactured cars and trucks. When War was declared in 1914, the company switched its entire production to military vehicles and it became the major supplier to the Royal Flying Corps (later the RAF) of its Light Tenders. It may well have been his engineering skills which made Isaac an ideal candidate for the Corps when he enlisted, probably at the beginning of 1915.

On 1 September of that year, he married his fiancée, Frances Peers, at Christ Church. At the time, Isaac was serving at the Corp’s 4th Wing HQ at Netheravon. With Isaac away, Frances continued to live at her family home at 23 Lloyd Street. 17th Squadron went overseas to the Salonika theatre of the War in July 1916. In the intervening months, there had been time for Frances to become pregnant and she gave birth to a son, Willie.

British troops had landed in northern Greece in 1915 and based themselves around the city of Salonika (now Thessalonika) where they would face the Bulgarian army. At the end of September 1918, an armistice was reached with the Bulgarians and British troops, including 17th Squadron, advanced to become an army of occupation. Isaac was killed in an accident on 7 November. No further details are available.

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