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John Seaton

2nd Lt Harold Gostwyck May

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John Seaton

Does anybody have any information on the above who died in France in March 1915 from wounds received

It is to help with a memorial to all the old scouts from Croydon troops who died in WW1

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stiletto_33853

His papers are available for viewing.

 

Andy

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DavidOwen

John

Welcome to the Forum.

His service papers are as Andy has just posted available at TNA http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C1068001

If you cannot visit then a researcher can usually copy them for you reasonably cheaply (don't use the Archives own service it is vastly expensive). The one I use is very reasonable (last 2 cost me less than a fiver each for around 40 pages) https://www.arcre.com/

Once you know which battalion he was in the relevant War Diary will give you more information.

Good luck with your research.

David

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DavidOwen

He crops up here too, so the school may have more info?

 

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Mark1959

Pic of him here. At school. 

See also here. This indicates he struggled to survive his wounds for a fortnight. And that he had started teaching at the school.

Plenty of background data on those pages

A letter from him describing his own wounding here. Seems he died during or following an operation on a leg.

 

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HarryBrook

An obituary was published in The Western Chronicle (Yeovil) on 9 April 1915.

 

 

May, 2nd Lt. H. G., obit, Western Chronicle 9.4.1915 (1).JPG

May, 2nd Lt. H. G., obit, Western Chronicle 9.4.1915 (2).JPG

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Mark1959

Relevant gazette entries

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/28984/page/9703/data.pdf

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/28992/page/10198/data.pdf

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29050/page/808/data.pdf

Medal Roll shows entered France/Flanders 7/1/15, Attached 1st Battalion from 3rd.

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rflory

There is information on him in "The Croydon Roll of Honour" in Croydon and the Great War; in the Old Shirburnian Navy & Army List 1914-1919; and the Sherborne Register.

 

 

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