A Poppy
A Poppy

Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Gatcombe : St Olave's Church -
- Memorial to Capt C G Seely -

Location

In St Olave's Church, Gatcombe, Isle of Wight, PO30 3EJ.
 
See map on www.streetmap.co.uk
 
IWM War Memorials Archive Record

Link : War Memorials Archive Reference 40768
 
Historic England Listing Status

St Olave's Church is Grade I Listed. Since the Memorial forms part of the fittings of the Church, it is assumed that it is covered by the Listing.
 
Description

A reclining marble statue representing Captain Seely, on a box tomb. The sides of the tomb have representations of crests associated with the family and Seely's affliations, and pictorial scenes.
The sculptor was the late Sir Thomas Brock. Unveiled on the 2nd October 1922 by HRH Princess Beatrice at a service conducted by the Rev B K Bond, Regimental Chaplain during the war to the Isle of Wight Rifles. The new Church organ was also dedicated as a memorial at the same service.

The statue itself was later defaced by a man described as insane, and has been left unrepaired.
Memorial

Gatcombe St Olave's Church : Seely
 
Gatcombe St Olave's Church : Seely
 
Gatcombe St Olave's Church : Seely
 
Gatcombe St Olave's Church : Seely
 
Gatcombe St Olave's Church : Seely
 
Inscription


WE PRAY YOU COMMEND TO THE
MERCY OF GOD THE SOUL OF
CHARLES GRANT SEELY
ELDEST SON OF SIR CHARLES
SEELY, BARONET, AND DAME HILDA,
HIS WIFE. BORN ON NOV. 29,
1894, AND EDUCATED AT CHEAM,
ETON AND TRINITY COLLEGE,
CAMBRIDGE, HE JOINED THE
ISLE OF WIGHT RIFLES AT THE
OUTBREAK OF THE GREAT WAR,
AND, AFTER SERVING WITH
DISTINCTION IN THE GALLIPOLI
AND EGYPTIAN CAMPAIGNS, FELL
GLORIOUSLY, THRICE WOUNDED,
AT GAZA IN PALESTINE ON
APRIL 19 1917, WHILE LEADING
THE ADVANCE UPON THE
TURKISH POSITION ~ ~ ~
GREATLY BELOVED - FOR HE WAS
A VERY GALLANT GENTLEMAN -
HE LIES IN THE CEMETERY AT
GAZA, SURROUNDED BY THE MEN
OF HIS REGIMENT WHO FELL
WITH HIM THAT DAY ~ ~ ~

MIZPAH


 
Further Information

CWGC record ...
 
Original grave marker Capt C Seely
 
Capt Seely's original grave marker at Gaza, photo from Brian Greening
 
The marker was later taken to the Seely family home at Sherwood Lodge, Nottingham, when the IWGC headstone was installed.

IWCP 24 Nov 1917 : Seely C G
From the Isle of Wight County Press 24 Nov 1917

More biographical information
 
Gatcombe St Olave's Church : Seely
 
Gatcombe St Olave's Church : Seely
 
Gatcombe St Olave's Church : Seely
 
Gatcombe St Olave's Church : Seely
 
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