CWG: Stoker 1st Class Sidney Seymour

Stoker 1st Class Sidney Seymour

Sidney Seymour was born on 5th April 1895 in Islington, London, the son of Elizabeth Seymour. Sadly, as his was a common name in the area, there is little concrete information about his early life, and is it not until his military service that anything specific can be confirmed.

Sidney was working as a clockmaker when he signed up. He enlisted on 29th April 1913, joining the Royal Navy as a Stoker 2nd Class on a twelve year contract.

Sidney was initially sent to HMS Pembroke, the Royal Naval Dockyard in Chatham, Kent. He trained for nine months at the dockyard, before being given his first posting on board the battleship HMS Dominion. Stoker Seymour spent more than three years on board: during this time he was promoted to Stoker 1st Class, but also spent two weeks in the cells for an unrecorded reason.

In July 1917 Sidney returned to HMS Pembroke; that summer was a busy time for the base, and Stoker 1st Class Seymour found himself billeted in overflow accommodation set up in the barracks’ Drill Hall.

On the night of 3rd September, Chatham came under attack from a German air raid, and the Drill Hall received a direct hit. Stoker Seymour was injured, and died of his injuries in hospital the following day. He was 22 years of age.

Sidney Seymour was laid to rest in the Woodlands Cemetery in Gillingham, Kent, alongside the other victims of the Chatham Air Raid.


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