His father was born in Greenock and was a shipsmith in Scotts. Emigrated to New Zealand
Won the DCM. Not the VC as reported in the Greenock Telegraph. For more info on James Swan see HERE
- Distinguished Conduct Medal - London Gazette, 3 June 1915, p5332: "On 2nd and 3rd May 1915, during operations near Kaba Tepe, for distinguished conduct on three occasions in making valuable reconnaissances under heavy fire." AWMM
- Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
Mentioned in Despatches - London Gazette, 5 August 1915, p7669: "Mentioned in General Ian Hamilton's despatch dated 20th May 1915. (Commander Mediterranean Expeditionary Force)."