QSA (4) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 (Lieut. Sir. A. V. F. Seymour. Bt. Lanc. Fus.);
Jubilee 1897, silver, unnamed as issued
Provenance: Nobility and Royal Household Collection, Dix Noonan Webb, December 2016 (when sold without the ‘South Africa 1901’ clasp).
Sir Albert Victor Francis Seymour, 2nd Baronet, was born at Kensington Palace on 1 December 1879, the only son of Sir Francis Seymour, 1st Baronet, Master of the Ceremonies, and his wife Agnes, eldest daughter of the Revd. Hill Wickham, and was educated at Harrow. He was appointed Page of Honour to H.M. Queen Victoria on 27 October 1893, and served in that role until 2 June 1896. Commissioned Second Lieutenant in the 5th (Militia) Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers on 29 March 1899, he served with the Regiment in South Africa during the Boer War, and was granted the honorary rank of Lieutenant, receiving the substantive promotion on 6 November 1906.
Sir Albert Seymour succeeded his father as 2nd Baronet on the latter’s death on 10 July 1890. On returning from the Boer War he was very prominent in Society and a generous supporter of charities devoted to the acting profession, and was a close friend of the celebrated actress Dame Ellen Terry. He served as a Private in the Middlesex Regiment in the Great War and was awarded the British War and Victory Medals, and also received the Silver War Badge. He never married and died on 2 May 1949, heirless.
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Transvaal, Orange Free State (Lieut. G. H. Soames, Lanc: Fus:);
KSA (2) (Lt. G. H. Soames. Lanc. Fus.);
1914-15 Star (Capt: G. H. Soames. W. York R.);
BWM and VM with MID oak leaves (Lt. Col. G. H. Soames.) together with Bronze Memorial Plaque (Gilbert Horsman Soames)
Gilbert Horsman Soames was the younger son of Arthur W. Soames, Liberal Member of Parliament for South Norfolk. He was born on 8 April 1879, and educated at Bilton Grange and Charterhouse. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers on 4 April 1900, becoming Lieutenant on 20 October the same year. He was promoted to Captain on 20 May 1905, and transferred as Captain to the West Yorkshire Regiment on 20 May 1908.
He served in the Boer War attached to the Army Service Corps from 24 July 1901. Took part in the operations in the Transvaal in May and June 1900. In the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900. Again in the Transvaal, January 1901 to January 1902, and April to May 1902. During the operations in Orange River Colony, January 1902 to April 1902.
In 1914 he was Adjutant of the 5th South Staffordshire Regiment and went to France with that unit on 28 June 1915. After being invalided home, he rejoined his old regiment, the 1st West Yorkshires, in France as acting Lieutenant-Colonel. He was killed in action on 9 January 1917, shot by a sniper at night in No-Man’s-Land near La Basse, and is buried in Cambrin Churchyard Extension, Pas de Calais, France.
His elder brother Major Maurice Gordon Soames, R.F.A., was also killed in action on 24 September 1916.
DCM VR (Cr. Sgt. W. Evans. Lan: Fus: (2nd Sept: 1898));
Queen’s Sudan (2184 C/Srgt. W. Evans 2/Lan: Fus:);
QSA (3) Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal (2184 C. Sgt. W. Evans, Lanc: Fus.);
KSA (2) (2184 Clr:-Serjt: W. Evans. Lanc: Fus:);
Army LS&GC EdVII (Q.M. Sjt: W. Evans, Garr. St.);
Khedive’s Sudan 1896-1908, 1 clasp, Khartoum (2184 Color. Sergt. W. Evans, 2nd L.F.)
2 DCMs awarded to the Lancashire Fusiliers for the Sudan campaign 1898-99.
William James Evans attested for the Lancashire Fusiliers on 7 June 1887. Promoted to Lance-Corporal in December 1889; Corporal in March 1891; Sergeant in December 1892 and Colour Sergeant in August 1895. With the 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, he served in the Sudan campaign of 1896-98 and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his service at the battle of Omdurman, 2 September 1898 (London Gazette 15 November 1898). He then went on to serve with the regiment in the Boer War. He was reported ‘missing in action’ at the battle of Spion Kop, 24 January 1900, but had been taken prisoner by the Boers and was later released. Evans was promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant in April 1905 and was awarded the Army L.S. & G.C. in 1907, serving with the Garrison Staff. In May 1914 he was promoted to a commission as Quartermaster in the Leinster Regiment.
Following the onset of the Great War he was posted to the 5th (Extra Reserve) Battalion Leinster Regiment and Hon. Lieutenant and Quartermaster. It was when he was stationed at the Curragh, that Lieutenant Evans was found dead on 27 May 1916, aged 47 years. It was established that he had shot himself. He had left a letter to his wife stating that ‘he could not take the strain any longer’. Whether the ‘strain’ was due to the conditions prevailing in Ireland at the time - one could only surmise. He was buried in the Curragh Military Cemetery, Co. Kildare. He was the son of John Richard and Margaret Evans and the husband of Blanche Elizabeth Evans, of 14 Benbow Street, Stoke, Devonport.