Arthur Swinfield was born on 27th March 1883 at Barossa Common in Camberley,
Surrey. He was the third son but the only child of William and Elizabeth to survive to adulthood. His teenage brother, William Thomas, died in the Boer War.
|1901 census of Earl Shilton|
By 1911, after leaving the army and returning to
|1911 census of Winchester|
|His WWI medal card|
He enlisted for WWI in December 1914 and saw action in
with the Leicestershire and Lincolnshire Regiments. Once again, no records have survived to document his service in the Great War in either WO363 or WO364 at TNA. France
|Sandhurst service record|
At that time, the marriage finally produced issue. Their only child, Reginald Ernest, who was to become my father, was born on 11th January 1925, almost twelve years after their wedding.
In his retirement, Arthur was a keen supporter of Camberley Football Club and on Saturday afternoons before the Second World War, he would take Reg to watch them playing at their home ground of Krooner Park. During WWII, on its formation in 1940, he joined the Local Defence Volunteers (later to become the Home Guard) and served until it was disbanded in 1945. Was he Corporal Jones or Private Godfrey?
|1895 map of Camberley reproduced by Alan Godfrey|
He retired from the RMA in 1948 when he was 65 and did some odd jobs gardening until he became too breathless to work as a result of emphysema. He died at home after a long illness on 19th March 1956, at the age of nearly 73, and was buried in York Town churchyard.