Hubert Pelham Sworder


Hubert Pelham Sworder


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Royal Flying Corps
57th Squadron

Awards: Service Medals/Honour Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial: Name/Reference/Country

VIII. S. 32.

Headstone Inscription

Not Researched

UK & Other Memorials

Haileybury College Cloister Wall Memorial, Hertford Heath, Barkway Village Memorial, St Mary Magdalene Church Memorial, Barkway, St Mary Magdalene Church Individual Memorial, Barkway, Not on the Newsells memorials

Pre War

Born on the 22nd August 1897 at Newsells Bury, Royston son of John William and Annie Jane (Perkins) Sworder. Educated at Haileybury College 1911-14 where he was captain of the gym. six and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst where he became U.O. despite being the youngest of his Company.

He came from an old North Herts farming family and hunted with the Puckeridge Foxhounds and Eastern Counties Otter Hounds. He was unmarried.

Wartime Service

After the completion of his training he was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant to the Royal West Surrey Regiment on the 21st June 1915 and promoted to acting Captain in July 1916. He then took up signalling and became the brigade Signals Officer in July 1916. Hubert joined the RFC in August 1916 and graduated as a Pilot on the 5th February 1917. He flew to France on the 14th February 1917 to join 57 Squadron. On the 2nd April 1917 Hubert was piloting one of two aircraft on a patrol, a FE2d (A1944). When the aircraft was some distance over the enemy lines, between Arras and Cambrai, they were attacked by six German aircraft, two of which were shot down. Both the British aircraft were brought down and the observer of one aircraft was taken prisoner. He reported that both Lieutenant Sworder and his observer, Second Lieutenant Henry Margoliouth, had been killed. Although reported missing on the 2nd April, official notice of his death was received on the 9th August 1917.

Additional Information

Brother of Lieutenant John Perkins Sworder who also served in the died of wounds on Royal West Surrey Regiment.


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