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On 4th December 1914, Robert Seymour, aged 19 years 10 months enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was posted into the 10th (Service) Battalion. Prior to enlisting, he had been working as a spinner in a cotton works.

Robert gave his next as kin as his mother, Mrs Annie Higgin, 2 Birchall Street, Preston.

Robert qualified as a 1st class signaler at the Felixstowe ‘Special Reserve Brigade’ school of signaling.

On 31st July 1915, with the 10th Battalion, he landed in Boulogne.

In November 1916 he was appointed unpaid Lance Corporal.

On 11th April 1917 the Battalion suffered very heavy loses at Arras (60% losses according to the war diary); Robert suffered gun shot wounds to the left arm and was posted back the depot, reverting to Private.

On 7th December 1917 he landed for the second time in Boulogne, and was temporarily posted into the 1st Battalion. In the new year (1918) he was transferred to the 1st Field Survey Company, Royal Engineers.

Robert remained in France until March 1919, having by this time served with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Field Survey Companies. He was demobilized the following month.

Robert received the 1914/15 star, British War and Victory medals.

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