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Remembering John White Swann
Uploaded Sunday, 16th Sep, 2018 at 22:39

ON Saturday morning, an act of remembrance took place in Glenarm New Cemetery at the graveside of Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) John White Swann of 107 Squadron R.A.F. Volunteer Reserve to mark the 75th anniversary of his death.
The service was conducted by Keith Parke and organised by Apprentice Boys of Derry Baker Club Larne Branch of which Sergeant Swann had been a founding member in February 1935, as had his father and brother. Wreaths were laid by the Swann family, the organising Apprentice Boys Club, Boyne Defenders LOL 1297 (of which he had also been a member), Ballymena United Football Club, Inver Red & Whites and Larne & District Great War Society.
Johnny Swann
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Born on 7th April 1913, Johnny Swann was the eldest son of Andrew and Jeannie of Old Glenarm Road and, while working in a local weaving factory, played for Carrickfergus and Larne Harriers. Later going on to play with Larne, he scored three hat tricks for the Olympic team, becoming a regular for the first team in 1934/35. A spell with Partick Thistle was followed by a move to Ballymena United, winning an Irish Cup Final medal in 1940. On his return to Larne a year later he enlisted and, after marrying wife Rosetta Brown McAuley, served in England as a member of a bomber crew. He passed away on active service on 15th September 1943.
Brian Thompson (Ballymena United FC Sales Executive), and Ian Falconer (Larne Red & White Supporters Club)
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Brian Thompson (Ballymena United FC Sales Executive), and Paul Duffin (Larne Great War Society)
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The wreaths layed upon the grave of Johnny Swann
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