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John T Seaman


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Could a member of the forum identify which battalion of the Yorks & Lancs John T Seaman 57555 served? Have medal card but believe service records did not survive.

Will appreciate any assistance.

Many thanks


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Hello "Hammer of the Scots" and HNY

Just to help us out a little here, how do you know 57555 is your man?

I assume you have his medals or other Army information as there are other Namesakes in the Census and Birth records, so to ensure we look at the right man, do you have parents names, address, etc so we can link the records and follow the right trail?

Do you have any information as to where he served, as that might help narrow down which of the various 18 Battalions he may have been in!

The Medal Index Card shows entitlement to British War and Victory medals, so not in a Theatre of War until after 1915.

That might tie in with a birth in 1899 say, as he would have been underage until after 1915....

The medal rolls will show his Battalion, and can be viewed in person (with a Readers Card) at the National Archives in Kew, but it's not always practical for people to visit in person, so a Pal may be going shortly and be able to check for you.

A quick search on his Regimental Number showed the following:-

57551: Willie Shorrocks; 57556 William E Spence; 57552 John W Stokol; 57550 William Stratton; 57559 William Teague; 57557 Clarence Bismark Thompson; 57558 Arthur Tuton.

All these seem in close alphabetical grouping so they may have been a block transfer from elsewhere. Certainly 2 were posted out before serving Overseas.

Thompson was Killed in Action on 22nd October 1918, very close to the end of the War.

His CWGC details:-

Name: THOMPSON. Initials: Clance Bismark. Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: York and Lancaster Regiment. Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.

Date of Death: 20/10/1918. Service No: 57557

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. A. 1. Cemetery: ROMERIES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

He seems to have the same Medal Roll reference so my best guess would be that John was in the 2nd/4th Y&L, but others may have better evidence as to his Battalion.

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thank you for your swift response and amount of info provided.

John Thomas Seaman was born 1900 in Boosbeck nr Skelton Yorks to James Seaman and Ann Seaman nee Wiffen and resided at 43 Carney Street from 1900 to 1911, his service number was provided by his son from his fathers medals.

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Thanks for additional info.

25 years married eh! I see both James and son George William were employed below ground at an Ironstone mine. Elizabeth Alice was born in London, James in Norfolk. & children, all surviving at 1911, the others must have married and left home. Only 6 children shown in 1901, so the eldest must have married before then.

Haven't found much else yet, and there may not be a lot more available......

Hope it's been of some help, anyway.

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