Lieutenant Lewis Thierry SEYMOUR
York & Lancaster Regiment
Date of birth: 1893
Date of death: 13 august 1916
Killed in action aged 23
Buried at the Englebelmer Communal Cemetery (II.B.5)
Lewis Thierry was born in Hyderabad, India, the son of Lionel William Seymour, a physician and surgeon, and Amy Elizabeth nee Clark.
His parents were married in Karachi, Bengal on 18 September 1890, and four sons were born to them in India.
In 1905 the family returned permanently to England, and they lived at 251 Woodstock Road. It is thought that Lewis went to Christ Church Cathedral School before entering St Edward’s School, Oxford in the Easter Term 1908. He became a School Prefect and played in the Rugby XV and the Cricket XI.
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.
On the outbreak of war Lewis 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 when a trench mortar wiped out his whole section.
Lieutenant Seymour’s name is recorded on the war memorial outside St Margaret’s Church in Oxford, a memorial in Wadham College, and a plaque in St Edward’s School. At Christ church his name appears at the end of the First World War Memorial on a list devoted to choristers, college servants, and others with a link to the College.
Administration was granted in Oxford to Lewis’s father, Lionel Seymour on
21 November 1916. He left £1613 10s.
Photo: Lewis Seymour in Cricket XI of 1912. Copyright St Edwards School Archives