Extracts from Soldiers Documents (Burnt Series) in Class WO363 at The National Archives, Kew.

WO363/721 (up to World War 1 1920) SEAGROAT(T) - Four soldiers listed 

6998 Private Henry SEAGROATT Folios. 636 to 669

Enlisted 8 Oct 1901for 12 years. Occ: Bootmaker Age 14y 6mo Weight 84lb. 2nd Bn. Manchester Regt. ‘D’ Coy. Discharged 7 Oct 1913 at Curragh (Ireland) Age 26y 6mo. Ht 5’11” Fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair. Musician in Army. Intended Residence: 3 St. Ann’s Rd, Burdett Rd, Mile End. Termination of first period of limited engagement. NOK mother, Mary Ann of 3 St. Ann’s Rd, Burdett Rd.

11th Apr 1919 at Grantham. Army Form Z11: Sgt. Henry John SEAGROATT, 2nd Bn. Manchesters. Address 2 Walmsley Terrace, Alexandra Rd, Louth, Lincs. Form B103: Wife Lydia, married 7/3/1918 at Holy Trinity, Louth.
(other docs include Attestation Form, Regimental defaults Sheet & Marriage Cert.)

2976 2/3834  Gunner John James SEAGROATT Folios 670 to 705

Enlisted on 1st Nov 1915 at Stratford .E (Canning Town) in the 141st (East Ham) Heavy Battery R.G.A. Metal Type setter. Age 31, Ht. 5’9.5” Tattoo ‘J’ on left forearm. NOK: Wife, Eleanor Seagroatt &  (Mr? Palmer) Details from Marr Cert: 28/11/1909 at Parish Church, Limehouse he married Eleanor JOHNSON spinster . Present address 54 Limehouse Causeway, Limehouse, Mdx. Children: Wm Thomas 25/9/1910 Poplar; Mary Eleanor 21/2/1912 Poplar; Winifred Mary 4/6/1914 Limehouse; Allan? Arthur 17/5/1916 Limehouse. Service Statement: 29/4/16 Posted Overseas, 1/7/16 Posted to Depot, 28/10/16 to “ Co., 13/12/16Posted to 2/Depot, 30/12/16 to ? Depot, 30/3/17 to 2/Depot RGA. Transferred to Class “Z” Army Reserve.

Also includes copy Death Cert. for his wife, Eleanor Seagroatt on 17/11/1918 at 54 Limehouse Causeway aged 29. Cause of Death: Influenza & Pneumonia. Informant M J Palmer Brother-in-Law of 221 Woolwich Rd, East Greenwich.

6663 Sergt. Albert Edward SEAGROTT Folios 715 to 742

Enlisted at London on 8 Sep 1899 for 12 years in the Royal Irish Fusiliers. Born in Camberwell, age 15yr 5mo. Trade: Musician. No brothers or parents listed as NOK. Service Record: Killed in action near Ypres, Flanders on 24 May 1915 – see letter from army in Dublin dated 12/6/1915 informing his sister Mrs Edwardes of 13 Devonshire Rd, Cambridge. Sixteen years previously she was living at Bramble Reed, Matfield, Paddock Wood, Kent. (probably descended from the Brinkley Segrotts) 

41009  Pte. George Henry SEAGROATT Folios 744 to 747

Enlisted on 12th Oct 1914 in the Royal Field Artillery (RFA) & served at ‘Home’ until 3 May 1916 or 1918. Married Ada  SPURLING 9/4/1912 at St. Gabriel’s, Bromley, Middx & had children Ada 1/2/13 and Lilian 7/6/14 both born at Bromley. In 1916 his wife & children lived at 29 East Ferry Road, Mile End. 

Extracts from The London Gazette Newspaper

17 Apr 1917 p.3694 Award of Distinguished Conduct Medal:
866 Pte G F SEAGROTT Infantry. "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He went out alone to the enemy’s wire under very heavy fire and succeeded in bringing his officer back to safety. He set a splendid example of courage & determination." 

16 Jan 1940 p.290 : posted to South Lancs Regt.

Edgar Walter Seagroatt (113615)

22 Aug 1947 p.3939 : Territorial Army (Royal Artillery)

Capt L E G Seagroatt T.D. (65572) relinquishes his commission 18 Aug 1947, and is granted the hon. Rank of Major.

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