Swann, Lieutenant Lyell Keith MM

No 4 Sqn AFC

Lyell Swann came from Kyneton, South Australia. He was 20, and a Bank Clerk who was serving in the AMF Engineers, when he joined the AIF in Adelaide on 14 March 1916. He was posted to the 2nd Depot Battalion before attending an NCO School at Mitcham. In August he was promoted to Acting Sergeant and posted to the 43rd Infantry Battalion before embarking on HMAT A68 Anchises in Adelaide on 28 August. He reverted to Corporal when he arrived in France, but was promoted back to Sergeant and moved to the 40th Battalion. In June 1917 he was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in action, during which he was wounded. Evacuation to England followed. He was commissioned in July, and promoted to Lieutenant in November. In February 1918 he applied for pilot training, which commenced in the next month. He graduated as a pilot in July, and was initially posted to No 1 Aeroplane Supply Depot in France before being posted to No 4 Sqn.

He died from multiple wounds at No 63 Casualty Clearing Station in the evening of 14 November 1918 after an aircraft accident when flying a Sopwith Snipe earlier that day. He was taking off from Grande Ennehierres aerodrome on a Flight Patrol when his aeroplane spun into the ground from 300 feet.

Lt L K Swann is buried in Grave D 12 at Ascq Communal Cemetery, France.

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