Dick Swarbrick’s War
by Dave Swarbrick
This is an account of the wartime experiences of Dick Swarbrick, eldest son of Richard and Queenie Ethel (Luscher) Swarbrick. Dick was born on the 30th March 1916 at St Mary’s House, Friargate, Preston. St Mary’s House was the lodge or gatehouse of St Mary’s Catholic Church, now, sadly, demolished. When he was in his early teens Dick, who had a life-long love of animals, began work on a farm. However, despite the presence of the animals, the life of an agricultural labourer was not one that held any long-term appeal for him. Consequently, after some seven years, Dick left the land and enlisted in The Loyals on 24th July of 1937.