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Arthur Seed was born on the 28th July 1894 in the town of Longridge to Edward and Mary Ann Seed (nee Willacy). He was baptised at the church of St. Lawrence in Longridge where his parents had married on the 20th September 1892. Arthur was the eldest of five children the couple had but sadly three of those had died in infancy; twins Edward and Richard (1893-1893), Mary (1895-1896) and Ada (1898).

In 1901 Arthur was living at 32 Mersey Street with his parents and sister Ada and his maternal grandmother 76 year old widow Mary Willacy. Arthur`s father was working as an overlooker in a cotton mill and his mother was a weaver. Sadly, Edward Seed passed away on the 10th April 1908 when he was 48 years old. Mary Ann Seed remained at 32 Mersey Street in Longridge with Arthur and Ada and they were still resident at that address in 1911. Arthur`s mother was still working as a weaver in a mill and the family had also taken in a lodger by the name of John Henry Anderton who is described as a nephew, a single man aged 45 years old.

On the 1st March 1912 Arthur enlisted at Longridge for four years with the Territorial Force and he went on to complete his annual camps at Kirkham and Denbigh. He was allocated the service number 1663 and posted to the 4th Battalion. Arthur must have impressed his superiors because by the 13th August 1913 he had been promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. At the outbreak of war Arthur signed his agreement to serve abroad on the 5th August 1914 at Preston Town Hall.

Arthur was promoted to Corporal on the 21st February 1915 and then on the 4th May 1915 he sailed from Folkestone to Boulogne on board the “SS Onward” with the main body of the 1/4th Battalion. On the 11th July 1915 he received a gun-shot wound to his left elbow while the Battalion was in the trenches around the Levantie area and by the 18th July he was on his way back to England for further treatment via the Hospital Ship Oxfordshire. Arthur remained in England recovering from his wound before eventually being sent back to his Battalion in France on the 17th February 1916. Six weeks later he was made an Acting Sergeant and was then made Sergeant on the 1st April 1916.

Five months later on the 9th September 1916 Sergeant Arthur Seed was killed in action on the Somme.

Battalion History
At 16:45hrs on the 9th September1916 the 1/4th Battalion was part of an attack launched by the XIV Corps. 164th Bde (including B and C Companies of 1/4th LNL) were to attack and take a line of trenches that ran between Ginchy and Delville Wood. The plan was to `go over the top` and take Hop Alley and then Ale Alley. Hop Alley was taken but Ale Alley wasn`t reached due to the intensity of the enemy machine-gun fire. The attackers fell back to their original line.

The casualties were heavy, 24 men killed including Second Lieutenants W.E. Pyke and E.F. Falby. There were also 125 men wounded; and a further 79 men missing, many were later also identified as having been killed.

After news of Arthur`s death reached home his family notified the Preston Guardian who later published the following article.1663 Sergeant Arthur Seed

Arthur was awarded the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals after the war which his mother Mary Ann Seed signed for.

As Arthur`s body was never recovered from the battlefield and he has no known burial place his name was later recorded on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing on the Somme. His name also appears on the War Memorial inside St. Lawrence`s Church in Longridge.St. Lawrence`s Church in Longridge panel

Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 1663
Date of Death: 09/09/1916
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, “B” Coy. 1st/4th Bn.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Janet Davis

Janet Davis

Janet Davis has been researching her family history for many years and through this she discovered many relatives who served in WW1. This interest then led Janet to do many walking the battlefield tours with her husband. In April 2013 she discovered this website and volunteered to help. Janet believes that there are lots of stories still to be told, most of them very sad but at the same time they are a fascinating insight into the men, their families, what they did and where they came from.
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4 Responses to 1663 SJT. A. SEED. L.N.LAN.R.

  1. Michael Taylor says:

    Very interesting story. My dad was born in Mersey Street in 1925 and went to school in Longridge with other members of the Seed family. He also had a connection with Seed’s when working at Berry’s Chair factory in Chipping. Much later I also worked briefly in Longridge alongside members of the Seed family.

    Janet, I thinking it would be good to bring this story to the attention of the Longridge and District Local History Society.

    • Janet Davis says:

      Hello Michael, thank you for commenting on the article. I think I have some information on a few more of the Seed family with Longridge connections, I will have to go through them and try and sort out who is who!

      I`m happy for you to bring the story to the attention of the Society so please feel free to do so.

      Kind regards
      Janet

  2. Lesley Walmsley says:

    I am from Longridge. My grandma was a Seed from Chipping then Longridge. Would be wonderful to know if I am related to any of the brave Seeds named on the memorial plaque in St Pauls Church.

  3. Derek Stevens says:

    Very interesting……my wife’s grandfather was a William Seed of Green Lane,Longridge and was part of the 4th LNLR b company..service No 1660….I see his signature just above Arthur’s on the sign-up roll at the Public Hall,Preston in August 1914…..These men must have known each other and most likely were related……I have some photographs and will gladly share..

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