Seth SWINDELLS
Rank: Private
Number: 20001
Unit: 10th Battalion (?) ARMY CYCLIST CORPS
Date of Death: 12 August 1917
Age: 21
Cemetery: Bus House Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium

Seth was born in the Romiley area, in the autumn of 1895, and was still living there when he enlisted into the army. His commemoration on the War Memorial records, wrongly, that he served with the Welsh Regiment. However, his medal entitlement card, held at the National Archives, identifies his original unit as the Welsh Division Cyclist Company. His service number with that unit was 263 and probably indicates that he enlisted around early 1915.

In the early part of the war, cyclist units carried out reconnaissance work and acted as despatch riders, but with the stagnation of trench warfare, the men often found themselves fighting as ordinary infantry. In the later years of the war, the cyclist were detached from Divisions and moved up to operate at Army Corps level. It has not been possible to find contemporary records of Seth's unit for the day he died, so it cannot be determined how he was killed. Bus House Cemetery is four kilometres south of the Belgian town of Ieper (then Ypres) - almost all of its 206 great war burials date from between June and November 1917.

   
           
   
     
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