Poppy Lewis Thierry SEYMOUR (1893–1916) Poppy

Lewis Seymour
Lewis Seymour in Cricket XI
of 1912. © St Edward’s
School Archives

Lewis Thierry Seymour was born in India in 1893.

His father Lionel William Seymour was born in Bombay in c.1854, and his mother Amy Elizabeth Clark was born in Plympton, Devon in 1859.

Lewis's parents were married in Karachi, Bengal on 18 September 1890 and had four sons:

  • Lionel Claude William Seymour (born in India on 29 July 1891
    and baptised in Hyderabad Sindh, Bombay on 23 August)
  • Lewis Thierry Seymour (born in Hyderabad, India in 1893)
  • Almeric Hugh Seymour (born in the third quarter of 1894,
    registered Brentford district)
  • Henry Frederick Seymour (born in India on 24 April 1901
    and baptised on 23 May 1901 at Hyderabad, Bombay).

Lewis’s father was a medical doctor who worked for the Bombay Civil Service. He brought his family permanently back to England in about 1905, and they settled at 251 Woodstock Road in St Margaret’s parish. His father continued to practise as a doctor from home, and Kelly’s Directory from 1906 lists him at that address as “Seymour Lionel William M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., L.S.A. physician & surgeon”.

Lewis attended Christ Church Cathedral School as a chorister. Then in Easter Term 1908 he entered St Edward’s School, Oxford, where he became a School Prefect and played in the Rugby Fifteen and Cricket Eleven.

Lewis Seymour in OTC in 1912
Lewis in the OTC in 1912
© St Edward’s School Archives

At the time of the 1911 census Lewis (17) can be seen boarding at St Edward’s School. Meanwhile his father Lionel (56), described as a physician & surgeon working from home and as “retired Bombay Civil Service”, was living at 251 Woodstock Road with his wife Amy (51) and Lewis's two younger brothers, Almeric (16) and Henry (9), and the family had two German boarders: Lydia Fredericka Emilie Schlosse (21) and Anna Agnes Elsbeth Schlosse (19) living with them, plus a cook and a housemaid. Lewis's elder brother Lionel (19) is hard to find in the 1911 census, and may already have been in a mental institution.

In the winter of 1911 Lewis went up to Wadham College, Oxford as an Elected Classical Exhibitioner. He was a member of the University Contingent of the Officers’ Training Corps, and served in King Edward’s Horse in 1913. The following year he left to join the war.

Grave of Lewis Seymour

Poppy At the outbreak of the First World War Lewis Thierry Seymour was commissioned in the York & Lancaster Regiment. In the early years he was an Instructor at Strensall Military Camp before leaving for France as a Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion in the summer of 1916.

He was killed in action while serving in front-line trenches at Beaumont Hamel in France at the age of 23 on 13 August 1916, when a trench mortar wiped his whole section out. He was buried at the Englebelmer Communal Cemetery (II.B.5).

 

Right: Photograph of L. T. Seymour’s grave in France, kindly supplied by British War Graves. The text reads:

[Emblem of the York and Lancaster]

LIEUTENANT
L. T. SEYMOUR
YORK & LANCASTER REGT
13TH AUGUST 1916  AGE 23

IN LOVING MEMORY

This is one of the 40% of war graves that bears a personal message at the end (for which the family had to pay 3½d per letter).

Plaque dedicated to Seymour in St Edward's School

Memorial in Wadham College

As well as on the war memorial outside St Margaret’s Church in north Oxford, Seymour is remembered on a memorial in Wadham College (above); on a plaque in the chapel of St Edward’s School (right); and in a list of choristers on a memorial in Christ Church Cathedral (below).

Seymour's name on memorial in Christ Church Cathedral

Administration was granted in Oxford to Lewis’s father, Lionel Seymour, on 21 November 1916. He left £1613 10s.

Lewis’s brother Almeric Hugh Seymour served in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry in the First World War, and was gazetted Lieutenant on 1 September 1915, and then served in the Gurkha Rifles 1917–19. He survived.


St Margaret's Church War Memorial

After the War

Lewis’s father
  • Lionel William Seymour was listed in Kelly’s Directory at 251 Woodstock Road until 1930. He died in Surrey at the age of 81 on 15 April 1936 and was buried in Redstone Cemetery, Redhill, Surrey (photograph of grave). His wife Amy Elizabeth Seymour died in Surrey at the age of 91 and was buried with him in 1950.
Lewis’s three brothers
  • Lionel Claude William Seymour (born 1891) never married. He was an inmate of the Royal Earlswood Institution for Mental Defectives in Reigate, Surrey in 1939. He died in Surrey in 1948.
  • Almeric Hugh Seymour (born 1894) joined the Indian Civil Service after the First World War. On 8 April 1924 in Rangoon he married Margaret Kathleen Browne (born 1898). From 1932 to 1944 he was Secretary to the Governor of Burma, and was awarded the CBE in 1946. He died at Glencote, Eversley, Hampshire on 7 January 1950.
    See his page on The Peerage website
  • Henry Frederick Seymour (born 1901) served in the Royal Engineers from 1920 to 1930. He was with Greenshields & Co, Investment Bankers, Montreal from 1930 (and in the Canadian Army 1939–45). He married Alice Patricia Robinson. He died on 1 July 1970 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada at the age of 69.
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