A very fine Great War Old Contemptible May 1915 Casualty, Second World War Home Service, Delhi Durbar 1911 and long service group awarded to Captain K.G. Swadling, 10th Prince of Wale’s Own Royal Hussars, who having been present on the occasion of the Delhi Durbar in 1911, then saw service out on the Western Front from 6th October 1914, being wounded in action on 13th May 1915, he went on to be appointed and Orderly Room Sergeant in charge of the Regimental Records at Rouen in 1917, and was subsequently commissioned at the time of the Second World War, being also chairman of the Old Comrades Association and Secretary of the Combined Cavalry Old Comrades Association of the 10th Hussars.
Group of 7: 1914 Star with Clasp; (2180 L.CPL. K.G. SWADLING. 10/HRS.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (2180 CPL. K.G. SWADLING. 10-HRS.); Defence Medal; War Medal 1939-1945; Delhi Durbar Medal 1911 in Silver; Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVR Fm. bust; (534025 W.O.CL.11. K.G. SWADLING. 10-HRS.)
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Together with a very fine hand coloured portrait of the recipient in the uniform of the 10th Hussars, this signed by Amies Milner in 1949.
Kenneth George Swadling was born on 4th April 1889 in West Ham, Stratford, Essex, the son of William George Swadling, a gas inspector, and his wife Laura Martin Swadling. Swadling, nicknamed ‘Sammy’, became a long serving regular soldier, and joined as a Private (No.2180) the 10th Prince of Wale’s Own Royal Hussars out in India at Rawalpindi in 1910, being then confirmed as awarded the Delhi Durbar Medal in 1911 when a Lance Corporal.
Swadling moved with the regiment to South Africa in 1913, and with the outbreak of the Great War saw service out on the Western Front from 6th October 1914, being then wounded in action on 13th May 1915. Evacuated home, on his return to the Western Front, Swadling was appointed an Orderly Room Sergeant in 1917 and proceeded to Rouen to take charge of the Regimental Records there, before eventually returning to the regiment when it moved to Germany in the immediate aftermath of the war. Swadling remained on the Orderly Room Staff till his discharge in 1928, by which state he was serving as a Warrant Officer 2nd Class.
Swadling became a member of the committee of the Regimental Association and for a time was chairman of the Old Comrades Association and Secretary of the Combined Cavalry Old Comrades Association. With the outbreak of the Second World War, Swadling was granted a commission on the Special List of the Regiment and continued to serve in various staff appointments until his eventual retirement circa 1950 as a Captain, he having also been employed as a Clerk in the War Department. Swadling, who latterly resided in Amersbury, Wiltshire, died on 23rd July 1951, and was buried with full military honours in Amesbury Cemetery.