SEELEY, Percy Hubert

No.3/8527, Private, Percy Hubert SEELEY
Aged 22

2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Thursday, 25th March 1915

An Old Contemptible

Percy Hubert Seeley was born in Pakenham (Thingoe Q3-1892 4A:746), son of Walter and Susannah SEELEY (née MURKIN).

1901 census...Aged 8, he was at The Street, Great Livermere with his father Walter SEELEY [33] gardener born Hundon; his mother Susannah [32] born Hundon; sisters Annie [6] and Elsie [1]; brother Walter [4] all born Gt.Livermere.

1911 census...Aged 18, bricklayer's labourer, he was at Great Livermere with his parents, brother Walter (shepherd's boy) and sister Elsie.

CWGC have their address as 18 Great Livermere.

He enlisted in Bury St Edmunds. His number indicates he was a Special Reservist and his Gratuity indicates mobilisation in August 1914
The war diary simply says that they were in the trenches at Vierstraat, normal routine and lists those killed and the numbers wounded without specifically detailing on which day between 22nd and 30th March.

He was amongst those exhumed from the "Rest and be Thankful Farm" Cemetery and re interred in Wjtschaete in 1919. He was initially found as indicated below, about a mile north of Kemmel and buried in Rest and Be Thankful Farm cemetery near Kemmel (Wjtschaete was in German hands then). After the war many of these tiny cemeteries were concentrated into larger ones such as at Wjtschaete. Vierstraat shown on the image was used in March/April of 1915 by the 2nd Suffolks so Percy was not found at that time. However Harry Sparke from Bradfield Combust, the other 2nd Suffolks man to die that day is buried in Vierstraat.

photo: Rodney Gibson

Percy Seeley is buried in Wjtschaete Military Cemetery, grave 3:C:16

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