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Alan Ernest Sweeting was born in 1898. In the 1901 census, he is living at 100 Cannock Road, Heath Town, together with his parents Harry and Catherine Annie Sweeting. By the 1911 census, he is at Whittier Place, Prestwood Road, Wednesfield, still with his parents.

Alan Sweeting served with the Artists Rifles (number 765323) and as a Lieutenant with the Royal Air Force (number 230366). He enlisted with the Royal Air Force on 1 December 1917. Alan died on 2 August 1919, in Sevenoaks in Kent. He is listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, as well as on the Wednesfield Village War Memorial. His entry on the former site details his work as “Wireless Experimental Establishment (Biggin Hill)”, and the Grave Register confirms that he was “Killed while flying (crashed)”. He is buried at Wednesfield St Thomas’s Church.