Seymour Augustus Chambers

Name

Seymour Augustus Chambers

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

24/06/1917
25

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
28315
Northamptonshire Regiment
“D” Company. 7th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY
II.A.43.
Belgium

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Stevenage Old Town Memorial St Nicholas' Church Memorial, Stevenage Old Town Holy Trinity Church Memorial Roll of Honour, Stevenage Old Town

Pre War

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.

Wartime Service

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. Seymour arrived at Calais on the 26th January 1917 as part of the 7th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment. He was posted to the Regimental Training Battalion on the same day and returned 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.

Additional Information

www.stevenageatwar.com

Acknowledgments

Paul Johnson