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George Seaton

2888 Private

‘C’ Company 7th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 10th Infantry Brigade, 4th Division

Age: 37

Date of Death: 8.5.15

Buried: Menin Gate Memorial Panel 42 to 44

Family history: Son of John and Janet Begg Seaton, Newhaven. His father was the pilot at Newhaven Harbour. George lived with his brother David and sister-in law at 53 East Wallace Street, Falkirk. George served with the 3rd Battalion Argyll’s in the Boer War. He was disembodied, bought off, from the army on his return from South Africa and was employed as a moulder at Callendar Iron Foundry before enlisting on 14 September 1914.


The action that lead to his death

The Battalion was resting at the Canal Bank when on the morning of the 8 May they were heavily shelled resulting on them having to move further south down the Canal Bank. At 3pm orders were received instructing them to move to La Brique in support of 12th Brigade and they again came under heavy enemy shell fire. At 10pm they were informed that the Germans had broken the line and were digging in South West of Wieltje. The Battalion was ordered to turn the Germans out of Wieltje making touch with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers on their left and the 18th Royal Irish on their right. The attack went in from the  area of C.21.d Buffs Road/Irish Farm however, no enemy was found in Wieltje and the Battalion was withdrawn at dawn and returned to rest at the Canal Bank. Battalion casualties were 1 Officer killed, 24 Other Ranks killed or wounded. George will have known Private Daniel Aitken from Larbert killed in the same action


Medals Awarded:

1915 Star, The British War Medal, Victory Medal.

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