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VC1312    Edwin Swales

Name   Edwin Swales    No.      POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   1312   Awards   VC    DFC

Regiment   South African Air Force attached to No. 582 Squadron, Royal Air Force



Rank VC Won   Captain

Rank End Of Career   Major

Place Of Birth   Inanda, Natal, South Africa

Place Of Death   2 miles south east of Denam (Belgium), near Valenciennes, France

Buried/Location Ashes    Leopoldsburg War Cemetery, 12 miles north of Hasselt, Belgium, Limburg


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone (CWGC)    Plot/Grave no.   Plot VIII, Row C, Grave 5

Gazetted    24 April 1945

VC Presented   No presentation


P  Headstone, Leopoldsburg War Cemetery, 12 miles north of Hasselt, Belgium, Limburg

P  Named on RAF VC Memorial at St Clements Dane's Church, Aldwych, London

Named on South African Air Force Memorial, Bays Hill, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Memorial Stone, Durban High School, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

Memorial Plaque, Memorial Wall, Natal Mounted Rifles HQ, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

P  Named on Memorial Gates, Constitution Hill, Green Park, London

P  Memorial Plaque, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

Swales Drive, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

By The Way…

He died following his VC action. Although his plane was severely damaged, he managed to reach friendly territory in order that his crew could bale out, plane then crashed and he was found dead at the controls

VC Held By

National Museum of Military History, Johannesburg, South Africa



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BORN    3 July 1915

DIED   23 February 1945   AGE    29

VC Won  23 February 1945  AGE   29

Place VC Won   over Pforzheim, Germany

War/Campaign   Second World War

Second World War