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John Swan

In memory of:

Private John Swan

July 5, 1917

Military Service

Service Number:







Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)


47th Bn.

Additional Information


September 1, 1886

Son of David and Helen Swan, of Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland; husband of Jessie Swan, of Elsness, Sanday, Orkney, Scotland.

Commemorated on Page 335 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

Sallaumines Memorial.


Bully is approximately 20 kilometres north of Arras. From Arras, take the D937 towards Bethune. At Sains-en-Gohelle, turn right onto the D166E towards Bully. At the first (Casimir Beugret) roundabout, turn right into the Rue Ferdinand Marche. The Cemetery (known locally as the 'Cimetiere de Bully-les-Mines') is 200 metres down this road on the right. The Commonwealth war graves plot is reached via 'Allee 8'.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of John Swan– Submitted in memory of the members of the 131st Battalion CEF. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Graves Registration Form– This is an example of where a Canadian Soldier was killed in action, buried in a French Cemetery, which was then destroyed in a subsequent battle. Private Swan had been buried in the Sallaumines Communal Cemetery, German Extension, which was then destroyed. He is not buried in the Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery Extension, rather he has a special "Kipling Memorial Cross" to commemorate his loss. This differs from those that have (or had) no known grave and even if they were on a special memorial, those memorials were removed from the cemetery and their names were added to the Vimy Memorial.

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