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William Travers Swan

(1861-1949), Major-General

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William Travers Swan, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x66762

William Travers Swan

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1920
NPG x66762

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William Travers Swan

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1920
NPG x66760

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William Travers Swan

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1920
NPG x66761

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Margaret K Young

21 June 2019, 02:47

Major-General William Travers Swan
Gender: Male
Birth: September 28, 1861
Knocknamoe, Abbeyleix, County Laois, Ireland
Death: January 15, 1949 (87)
Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:
Son of Edmond Lombard Swan and Anne Jane Swan (Homan)
Husband of Muriel Downes Swan (McCausland)
Father of Penelope Muriel Anstey (Swan, Graham) and Barbara Lombard Innes (Swan, Pocock)
Brother of Graves Chamney Swan; Jane (Ina) Mary Hopkins (Swan); Edmund Knox Waldemar Swan; John Lombard Swan; Lady Sybilla Annie Smartt (Swan); and Edwin Homan Percival Swan

Named for his maternal grandfather Rev. William Travers Homan.

Married January 14, 1903, at St. John the Evangelist, Blackheath, Greenwich, England - spouse Muriel McCausland

Allenby's Military Medicine: Life and Death in World War I ...

Excerpts from text cited above: Served in India (Chitral) and then in the Boer War. In 1914 appointed ADMS 7th Division and then ADMS 5th Division. In July 1915 he was appointed DDMS VII Corps, 3rd Army, where he served under General Allenby...."Major-General Swan as he then was, had by this time organized the medical services during the difficult period of reconstructing the medical units for the British and for the Indians. After his departure these final medical preparations ...proved remarkably effective."

Swan | More Minor than Major "His [Edmund Lombard Swan's] son William Travers Swan joined the army and served in India and then in the Boer War. At the outbreak of the 1914-1918 war he was appointed Assistant Director Medical Services for the 7th and then 5th Division, and then in 1915 became the DMS for the VII Corps of the 3rd Army under General Allenby, and served in Egypt and Palestine. He died in 1949 in Eastbourne.

The Frip web site gives the following information from Michael Innes, the general’s grandson;-

It is said that William was an accomplished historian & won many scholarships during his time at university. He used the proceeds of the scholarships to pay for his course in medicine when he qualified as a medical doctor. He joined the British army & saw service in India, South Africa. He rose up through the ranks seeing service in France during WWI & witnessed the first gas attacks by the Germans. Later he was in Palestine as General Allenby’ s 2nd in command & marched immediately behind him into Jerusalem, which had been taken from the Turks. He was a keen collector of antique military weaponry such as arquebusses, suits of armour & the like."

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