James Swindell Junior (1898–1973)


Northamptonshire Regiment 40888 6th Battalion
Sherwood Foresters (Nottsand Derbys Regiment) 127328  

Photos courtesy Alfred Needham

Photo of James Swindell Jnr

James in 1966

James was born in Crich Parish in February1898.

His uncle, George Winson's death was reported in the Belper News and Derbyshire Telephone 6 July 1917 when reference was made to James and his father (also James)... Deceased brother in law James Swindell is in France and in a Northumberland Regiment. It later stated ... James Swindell snr and James Swindell jnr. son in law and grandson of Mrs Winson snr are also serving in France.
[Note: Although reported as serving with a Northumberland Regiment he was in fact in the Northamptonshire Regiment]

In May 1918, 40888 J Swindell was was reported as missing. He was captured at Saint-Quentin on 23 March 1918 and interned at Dülmen Camp.
[ Operation Michael was a major German German military offensive that began the Spring Offensive on 21 March 1918. It was launched from the Hindenburg Line in the vicinity of Saint-Quentin, France.]

James and Laura Swindell

James Swindell (1898-1973), pictured with his wife, Laura (née Brough), at a family wedding at Belper in 1966

John J Swindell married Laura Brough in 1932 June qtr (Belper reg district)

Medal Roll Index Card
Swindell James. Northn R Pte 40888; Notts & Derby R 127328
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

Prisoner of War Records
Swindell James 40888; Northamptons Rgt ; St Quentin 23/3/18; Shrapnel – shoulder; Maubeuge; Belper 9/2/98; Belper, Derbyshire, Canada St

Swindell James 40888; Pte; 6th Northants; St Quinten 21/3/18; 1.Fuss; Dülmen; 9/2/98 Belper; Mother 10 Canada St, Belper

Dulmen PoW camp WW1

Dülmen Camp

Dulman PoW Camp WW1

Plan of Dülmen Camp


1901: Cow Hill, Belper

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Millicent Swindell Head (married) 24   Belper
James Swindell son 3   Whatstandwell
Harriet Swindell daughter 2   New Mills

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1911: Field Head, Belper

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
James Swindell Head 34 Quarryman Belper
Millicent Swindell wife 35   Belper
James Swindell son 13   Crich
Harriet Swindell daughter 12   New Mills
Alfred Swindell son 7   Holloway
Douglas Swindell son 1   Belper

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1939 Register: 22 Canada Street, Belper
James Swindell b.9 February 1898: general labourer heavy
Laura Swindell b.7 December 1901