28315, Private, “D” Company. 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment
Killed In Action on the 24th June 1917 aged 26
Seymour was the son of John & Elizabeth Chambers of Symonds Green. He married Annie Gray at the Parish Church, Walkern, Hertfordshire, on
the 24th April 1915 and the couple lived at 4 Nottingham Road, Stevenage. His brother, Ernest, died of Pneumonia on the 20th November 1918, probably as a result of contracting influenza.
He attested for Army service on the 10th December 1915 at the age of 24 years and 8 months and was called up on the 30th September 1916. He arrived at Calais on the 26th January 1917 as part of the 7th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment, and was posted to the Regimental Training Battalion on the same day, returning to his parent Battalion on the 2nd March 1917. On the 15th June 1917 the Battalion relieved the 12th Royal Fusiliers in a front line sector close to Hill 60 near Ypres. Action in this area of the Western Front was constant and troops, on both sides, suffered continued daily shelling as well as numerous trench raids.
On the 24th June the Battalion were in the process of being relieved in order that they could obtain some respite from these arduous conditions. The relief was heavily shelled and were also subjected to a number of British gas shells, which had fallen short of their target. Although this period at the front had cost the Battalion 30 lives, only Seymour was killed during the relief stage.
He is buried in the Dickebusch Military Cemetery Extension, Ypres, Belgium. (Grave Reference: II.A.43.)
Headstone Inscription: "Never Forgotten"
Medal Entitlement: British War Medal & Victory Medal