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"We can truly say that the whole circuit of the earth is girdled with the graves of our dead . . . and, in the course of my pilgrimage, I have many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace upon earth through the years to come, than this massed multitude of silent witnesses to the desolation of war."

King George V, Flanders, 1922



1. Pre-World War One

2. World War One

3. Overseas relatives



Pre World War One


Matthew Seamark 1780 – Unknown  [Stagsden Member]


Served with the 13th Light Dragoons, England, Spain and Northern Europe [see The Solder link for details


Harry Seamark 1862 – Unknown  [Stagsden Member]


1881 Harry was in the Royal Artillery, Stoke Damerel, Devonshire


Army Births [see BMD Section]


Joseph Seamark, 1899, A.S.C.C.T, V647 143

Doris Seamark , Colchester 1906, 39th rgt V1094 52

Nellie Seamark , Wellington, 1908, 39th rgt, V1094 52


GRO Army Death [see BMD Section]


Frank T Seamark , age 0 Madras, India, 1910 page 295

William J Seamark, age 0 Poona, India, 1911, Page 252



World War One – Stagsden Family Group Members


Alfred George Parrott Seamarks, 1891, Royal Navy Reserve


Son of Ellen Seamarks [nee Curtis / Later Purser] Survived World War One, Served on HMS Doris, France and Malta. HMS Doris also saw active duty off Turkey.


Joined the Navy on the 13 July 1909, Ships served on : Vivid [1909,1911,1917, 1918, 1919, 1921] Sutley [1909], Defence [1911], Mutine [1911-1914], Challenger [1914] , Doris [1914-1917], Wellington [1917] Thetis [1917-1918] Vigorous [1918]


After the War, based on family information George moved to Plymouth. Alfred’s son [see photo section], William George died World War 2 on HMS Galatea, sunk off Egypt.


Henry Gilbert Seamarks, 1895 – 1918, Army

Son of Ellen Seamarks [nee Curtis / Later Purser]


Serjeant , 15084 , 1st Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment, Died 28 September 1918 . Age 23 .



Thomas Church , 1900 –1918, Army


Son of Ada Jane Seamarks and Joseph Church

Private, 131421, 15th Bn., Machine Gun Corps (Inf) 23 September 1918



Edwin Cox, 1889 – 1918, Army


Husband of Rose Seamarks [formerly Cox, nee Pallant] 

Private,17688, 4th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment, died 27 March 1918. Age 27


“He volunteered in October 1914 and in the following July was drafted to France, where he fought at Loo’s and Vimy Ridge. He was taken ill and consequently invalided home, but on his recovery returned to the western front and took part in the Battle of Combrai. He was unfortunately reported missing and is now presumed to have been killed in action on March 27th 1918. He was entitled to the 1914-15 star and the General Service and Victory Medal”.


“ A Valiant Soldier, with undaunted heart he breasted life’s last hill”


George A Seamark, 1900 –1918, Army


Son of   George Herbert Seamark and Helen Watton

Private , 28525, 1st/4th Bn., King's Shropshire Light Infantry, Died  4 November 1918 . Age 18 .


Frederick Thomas Seamarks, 1894 –1918, Army


Son of Frederick Seamarks and Emily Seamarks [nee Webb]


Lance Corporal, 13537, 9th Coy., Machine Gun Corps (Inf)
formerly, Oxford. and Bucks Light Infantry
Died 25 April 1918, age 24, Belgium


Harry Seamarks, 1897 – 1918, Army


Son of Frederick Seamarks and Emily Seamarks [nee Webb]


Private, 266671, 1st/6th Bn., Royal Welsh Fusiliers Died 10 June 1918, Egypt


Ernest Smith [sender of many Postcards to Rose Seamark [nee Pallant formally Cox]]


Ernest died at Gallipoli 6th August 1915 service no 10728 4th Worc Regt prior to WW1 and Gallipoli, Ernest served in Bareilly India.


From the Commonwealth War Commission Ernest was aged 31 at time of death and is buried in Turkey [born 1884] Son of Charles and Esther Ann Smith, of Dean St., Brewood, Staffs.


Overseas relatives


Rear Admiral Stephen G Barchet - The Argonaut   [Pallant line]


Born 1901. Enlisted 1919 to the United States Naval Academy.


1939 in Command of the Argonaut the largest mine laying sub in the US Fleet. At the time of Pearl Harbour the Argonaut was in the Medway.


Award the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star and the Nationalist Chinese Order of Merit.



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