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Thomas George Seed was the son of Thomas and Susannah Seed from Longridge, Preston.

Thomas enlisted in the Territorial Force and was given the service number 2313, he was later given the new style TF number 200579 in 1917.

Thomas was embodied into the 4th (Territorial) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was then posted into ‘B’ Company of the 1/4th Battalion.

Thomas sailed with his Battalion to France on 4th May 1915.

Lance Corporal Thomas Seed was killed in action on 31st July 1917, the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele. That morning, at 03:30 hrs the British opened up a heavy artillery barrage on the enemy. Later, the 1/4th Bn, part of 164th Brigade were tasked to seize and secure Gheluvelt-Langemarck line.

Mid-way into their advance towards the objective, casualties began to get particularly heavy, owing to enemy sniper, machine-gun fire and shelling from two sides. A number of Officers had also been killed. The Battalion continued to push forward and succeeded in securing their objective by 11:40 hrs.

The line was held up until around 14:30 hrs, until the enemy successfully counter-attacked and forced the Brigade to fall back.

Casulaties had been high, just over fifty men from 1/4th Bn killed; and another 250 wounded or missing during the attack this day.

His CWGC entry gives his name as Thomas George Seed, yet unusually the ‘Soldiers died’ entry has no middle initial. The CWGC page also notes him being awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field, yet the Battalion history only shows a Pte T.Seed M.M with the service number 200875. The Battalion history also notes him as serving with ‘A’ Company, not ‘B’ Company (as per CWGC). The following article was published shortly after Thomas was awarded the M.M.thomas seed MM

Unfortunately no further service records have been found.

Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 200579
Date of Death: 31/07/1917
Age: 36
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, “B” Coy. 1st/4th Bn.
Awards: M M

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5 Responses to 200579 LCPL. T. SEED. L.N.LAN.R


    During a battlefields tour we visited IRISH FARM CEMETERY I saw the resting place of Thomas George Seed and on reading the book at the cemetery found he was from Longridge I am also from Longridge my grandmother was a Seed the family came from Chipping.In my Local church Thomas is rememberd on a stone plaque in fact there are four seeds on this plaque it would be wonderful to know if we are related.



  3. Chris Dewhurst says:

    You can get information from the London Gazette if you know the approximate date the medal was awarded. If you nip in Longridge Library you can access the FindMyPast and Ancestry websites free of charge which may also be of help to you. I am currently helping one of the local churches and secondary schools research soldiers from Longridge who served in WW1.You can email me if I can be of help

    • CHRIS says:

      Lance corporal TG Seed is also remembered on a brass plaque commemorating the dead of world war one in St Lawrence church Longridge. He was Thomas George and was my grandfather’s uncle and from a Longridge family and was in the territorial army and had served in South Africa (as had his brother) . Could one man be commemorated in both churches or were they two different men??

  4. CHRIS says:

    TG Seed is also on a brass memorial World War 1 plaque in St Lawrence church Longridge. He was Thomas George Seed, from a Longridge family and was my Grandfather’s uncle. He, like my great grandfather, was in the territorial army and both served in South Africa. My grandfather was only a small boy when my great grandfather died, which was four years prior to the Great War and he never spoke of his father or uncle. Could his name be on two church plaques?? At that time our family had no known links with a Chipping family named Seed.

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