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  • Name: Ernest SEAMAN
  • D.O.B: 16th Aug, 1893
  • D.O.A: 29th Sep, 1918
  • D.O.D: 29th Sep, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lance Corporal, 2nd Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 109th Brigade, 36th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Wytschaete, Belgium 28 September 1918

28 September 1918

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The First World War 1918 

On 28 September 1918 the Belgian Army and the British Second Army attacked the high ground east of Ypres. 1/5th Battalion The King’s Own Scottish Borderers was in the line north-west of Wytschaete, which lay south of Ypres on the Messines road. Over the next few days the British advanced steadily, recapturing Wytschaete and Messines and by 3 October were outside Comines.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. When the right flank of his company was held up by a nest of enemy machine guns, he, with great courage and initiative, rushed forward under heavy fire with his Lewis gun and engaged the position single-handed, capturing two machine guns and twelve prisoners and killing one officer and two men. Later in the day he again rushed another enemy machine-gun position, capturing the gun under heavy fire. He was killed immediately after. His courage and dash were beyond all praise, and it was entirely due to the very gallant conduct of L./C. Seaman that his company was enabled to push forward to its objective and capture many prisoners. 

Seventh Supplement to The London Gazette of 12 November 1918. 15 November 1918, Numb. 31012, p. 13473

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