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A lot of the in­for­ma­tion about Thomas Gordon Swan was sent to Beth by Gra­ham Sacker, a his­tor­i­cal re­searcher for the Ma­chine Gun Corps.

In his let­ter he said: “With re­gards to your great grand­fa­ther, you have been very for­tu­nate. There is a com­plete set of ser­vice pa­pers about him, which some­how sur­vived the great fire at the War Of­fice Repos­i­tory in Septem­ber 1940. I can see they have been some­what dam­aged by the wa­ter used to try and douse the fire, but most of them are still per­fectly read­able.”

It was here he re­ceived his third and fi­nal army num­ber.

Beth, who was helped by her dad Mike Swan, Gordon’s grand­son, with her re­search, knows that her great-grand­fa­ther saw ac­tion from Septem­ber 1917 in France and that on Oc­to­ber 3, 1918 he was shot in the chest and he was taken to hos­pi­tal.

How­ever, as much of what the Tank Corps did was top se­cret, it is im­pos­si­ble to know where he served, which bat­tles he took part in and where he was when he was wounded.

Beth and her dad sus­pect that it was dur­ing the sec­ond bat­tle

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