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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Charles Grant Seely -

Name : Charles Grant Seely

Son of Charles Hilton Seely and Hilda Lucy Seely (née Grant) of Nottinghamshire and Brook, Isle of Wight.

Born 29 November 1894, Arnold, Nottinghamshire.

Charles Hilton Seely became Sir Charles Hilton Seely, 2nd Baronet, on the death of his father in 1915.

Note : the surname is often transcribed as SEELEY
  Census information :

1901 : Charles Hilton and Hilda Seely, with their children including Charles Grant Seely aged 6, are at Langford Hall, Langford, Nottinghamshire. Charles Hilton Seely is described as an MP and Colliery Owner

1911 : Charles Hilton and Hilda Seely, with their children including Charles Grant Seely aged 16, are staying at the Grand Mansions (hotel), Folkestone. Charles Hilton Seely is described as a Colliery Owner, Charles Grant Seely as a Student.

  Service Details :

Captain Charles Grant Seely, 1/8th Bn Hampshire Regiment (Isle of Wight Rifles).

  Casualty Details :

Died 19 April 1917 aged 22, Palestine

Buried at Gaza War Cemetery

CWGC Record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Brook, St Mary's Church, War Memorial
Gatcombe Roll of Honour (1)
Gatcombe Roll of Honour (2)
St Olave's Church, Gatcombe, C G Seely Memorial
Carisbrooke Castle IoW Rifles
Newport IoW Rifles Drill Hall
  Photo Gallery :

Memorial to Capt C G Seely
Memorial at St Olave's Church

Officers of the 1/8th Bn Hampshire Regiment in 1915 illustrated in The Hampshire Regimental Journal Oct 1915.
14 of the 29 Officers pictured died in WW I. C G Seely is named incorrectly as Lieut G G Seely. Click image to enlarge.
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :

The Times 17 April 1917


Friday, April 27, 1917 Page 5

News has reached the Island that the Isle of Wight Rifles have been engaged in the recent severe fighting in the Holy Land. A telegram received by the County Press announces that Captain Charles Seely is reported wounded and missing in the fighting in Palestine. Captain Seely is the eldest son of Sir Charles Seely. His cousin (*) was reported killed a few days ago.

(*) Frank Reginald Seely, died of wounds 13 April 1917.


Saturday, December 8, 1917 Page 8

Information has been received from Col. Marsh, Hants Regiment, that the bodies of Capt. C.S. Pittis, M.C., and Lieut. S.G. Ratsey, Hants Regiment, as well as that of Capt. C.G. Seeley, as previously announced, were recovered in the recent Palestine advance, and that all three were buried side by side with full military honours.


Friday, January 18, 1918 Page 1

A memorial service will be held at St. Thomas's Church, Newport, next Wednesday for Captain Charles Seeley, son of Sir Charles Seeley, Bart., M.P., who was killed in action in Palestine last year.

National Probate Calendar 1918
  Additional Information :

Charles Grant Seely's younger brother Nigel Richard William Seely died in WW II. See N R W Seely headstone
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for additional newspaper research

Ann Riley for the Officers group photo
  Page status :
Page last updated : 18 December 2014


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