18th IEE Member To Fall In World War I – Second-Lieutenant E Swinton
Ernest Swinton, entered the University of Liverpool in 1909 and took a four year course in mechanical and electrical engineering. He joined the Liverpool Corporation Electric Supply Department in July 1913 and was appointed Station Engineer at the Corporation’s Lister Drive Power Station.
Following the declaration of war in August 1914, E Swinton relinquished his position in order to serve in the Army. He enlisted in the Royal Engineers in August 1914 and then was given a commission in the Royal Field Artillery in December 1914. Swinton’s Division was involved in the Battle of Festubert (May 15 to 25 1915). On the morning of the 18th May, Ernest went forward to reconnoitre a position for his trench mortars, and whilst doing so was severely wounded by the fragments of a shell that burst near him. He was immediately conveyed to No.7 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne. Poison had entered his system and it became necessary to amputate his right leg and arm. He was subsequently moved to the UK, and sent to St Thomas’s Hospital, Westminster, for treatment, where he succumbed to his wounds on May 28 1915.
Second-Lieutenant Swinton’s obituary was published in the IEE World War I Honour Roll and these details have been reproduced below.
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