The youngest son of Arthur W. and Emmeline Swale, Edwin Swale joined the Royal Naval Air Service in August 1917. Posted to Naval 10 on 21 March 1918, he scored seventeen victories flying the Sopwith Camel. He was posted to the Home Establishment on 21 October 1918. Edwin's older brother, Lieutenant Arthur Duncan Swale, who served with the 6th Battalion, attached to the 11th Battalion, of the Sherwood Foresters, died from wounds on 5 October 1918. Post-war, Edwin Swale was an active member of the Derbyshire and Lancashire Gliding Club and was involved in local politics, serving on the council of Chestfield in 1927. During World War II, Wing Commander Swale returned to uniform and was involved in breaking Germany's Enigma code. He returned to Chesterfield politics after the war and served as mayor in 1953. Swale was an Officer of the British Empire (O.B.E.) and a Commander of the British Empire (C.B.E.). Edwin Swale School, a secondary school in Derbyshire, was named in his honor. The school was closed on 31 August 1990.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"Lieut. Edwin Swale (Sea Patrol).
A successful and skilful pilot who has destroyed three enemy machines and one kite balloon, and has, in addition, driven down four aeroplanes out of control. On the 15th of September he attacked one of five Fokker biplanes; this machine was driven down out of control, and, on attempting to land, crashed."
"Lieut. (A./Capt.) Edwin Swale, D.F.C. (Sea Patrol, FLANDERS)
A gallant and determined officer. On 1st October Capt. Swale led his patrol to attack eleven Fokker biplanes; in the engagement that ensued he drove down the leader, which crashed and caused a second machine to fall out of control. In addition to the foregoing, this officer has destroyed nine hostile planes and driven down five out of control."