Reginald Bourne Seaton 27 September 1918

Reginald Bourne Seaton was born on Mayday 1893 and was at Laxton School for two years, leaving in the summer of 1907. His father had moved from Lincolnshire to Woodnewton and then to Oundle where he ran a butcher’s shop in North Street. Reginald had one brother and five sisters. Close by in Oundle lived Ralph Lilleker, Bertie Loakes, James Roughton, Herbert Sharpe and Ernest Cottingham who would all be killed in the War. 

What he did at school is not really known. He attended Laxton School Old Boys’ dinners in the town and there is a splendid signed photograph of him posing in his football kit. 

After school, he worked in his father’s shop, presumably hoping to take over the business when his parents retired. During the War, he enlisted in the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment and was killed on 27th September 1918 when his battalion attacked the village of Flesquières, west of Cambrai as part of the battle of Cambrai-St. Quentin. 

He has no known grave and his name is inscribed on the memorial panel in the cemetery of Vis-en-Artois. He was 25 years old at the time of his death.

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow