SWENDSON, Harry Augustus (served as Harry DAVENPORT).
Lt, D Co., 4th Battalion, 1st Australian Infantry Brigade. Enlisted in the Australian Army at Orange, New South Wales, Australia Oct 1915.
Born 31 Mar 1880 Hawthorne, Atchison Co., KS. Son of Sarah & S. A. SWENDSON, Atchison, Atchison Co., KS.
Died from wounds 4 Oct 1917, after being mortally wounded from a sniper or shell fragments from a shell-burst, in the right chest or neck, at about 8:30 am, while digging in near the third enemy line which his Company was holding at Polygon Wood, Broodseinde Ridge (Passchendaele Campaign), Belgium. He was dressed temporarily in the field and the stretcher bearers started for the dressing station but he died before they reached it. Harry was buried along the Broodseinde Ridge but, in the intensive enemy shelling, his grave marker was lost and his body never recovered.
Harry Swendson's name is located at panel 42 in the Commemorative Area on Panel 42 at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia and on the Soldiers' Memorial at Wongarbon Primary School, New South Wales, Australia. His name is also engraved on Panel 29 of the Ypres , Belgium and on the Atchison County WWI Memorial Honor Roll, Atchison, Kansas.
Gravesite Details Note from GN: 4th Bn. Australian Infantry