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- Frank Reginald Seely -

Frank Reginald Seely Name : Frank Reginald Seely

Son of Maj. Gen. the Rt. Hon. John Edward Bernard Seely and Emily Florence Seely (née Crichton), of Brooke House, Isle of Wight.

Born 6 June 1896, London.

Note : the surname is often transcribed as SEELEY
  Census information :

1901 : Emily Seely, married, is with her children including Frank aged 4, at Berwick Lodge, Pelham Fields, Spencer Road, Ryde.

(J. E. B. Seely was serving in South Africa at this time - see Ryde South African War Memorial).

1911 : J. E. B. Seely and his wife Emily are at 29 Chester Square, London. He describes himself as Under Secretary of State for War.

1911 : Frank Seely, aged 14, is a Boarding Pupil at Harrow School, Middlesex.

  Service Details :

2/Lieut. Frank Reginald Seely, 1st Bn Hampshire Regiment.

  Casualty Details :

Died 13 April 1917 aged 20

Buried at : Haute-Avesnes British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

CWGC Record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Brook, St Mary's Church, War Memorial
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle
  Harrow School Gallery :

entry from "Harrow Memorials of the Great War" Vol. VI

Click on the images for a larger version.

Frank Reginald Seely, the son of the Rt. Hon. J.E.B. Seely DSO, MP and Old Harrovian [1st Baron Mottistone, CB CMB] of 29 Chester Square, South West London, entered Harrow School at Easter 1910 and left at Easter 1915. While here he was resident in The Head Master's boarding house and was a Monitor in 1914. He went to the Royal Military College at Sandhurst and was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Hampshire Regiment; in France as an A.D.C. to his father in 1916; with Regiment in 1917 and was killed in action at the Battle of Arras, on 13th April 1917.

- from the Harrow School Archivist


Harrow School War Memorial on Flickr :



  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :


Friday, April 20, 1917, Page 5

Official information has been received at Brooke House, of the death from wounds of Second Lieutenant Frank Reginald Seely, Hampshire Regiment, eldest son of Brigadier-General J.B. Seely, M.P. Mr. Seely was born in 1896, and was gazetted to a commission in the Hampshire Regiment in August 1915, and was appointed an A.D.C. on the permanent staff in March, 1916.


Friday, April 27, 1917 Page 5

News has reached the Island that the Isle of Wight Rifles have been engaged in the recent severe fighting in the Holy Land. A telegram received by the County Press announces that Captain Charles Seely is reported wounded and missing in the fighting in Palestine. Captain Seely is the eldest son of Sir Charles Seely. His cousin (*) was reported killed a few days ago.

(*) Frank Reginald Seely
  Additional Information :

Great War Forum - discussion on Frank Seely

Two of Frank Reginald Seely's cousins were killed in action :

Charles Grant Seely died in WW I. See Biographical Information

Nigel Richard William Seely died in WW II. See N R W Seely headstone
  Acknowledgments :

The Archivist at Harrow School (Rita M Boswell) has given permission to use the photo etc of Frank Reginald SEELY 'by permission of the Harrow School Archive'.

Janet Griffin for additional newspaper research

  Page status :
Page last updated : 13th April 2013 - added further newspaper report


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