Seymour Stanley Van Santen

Seymour Stanley van Santen ©

Seymour Stanley van Santen ©

Date of birth: 1886
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 4915
Rank: Private
Regiment: Gloucestershire
Battalion: 2nd / 5th (Territorial)
Died: 1st September 1916 aged 30 years
Death location: France





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Life before the War
Seymour was the son and youngest child of Alexander and Rosina, nee Cross.  Alexander was born in 1857 in Stoke, Hampshire,  dying in 1934 in Brentford, Middlesex.  Rosina was born in Southampton in 1850 and passed away in 1910 in the city.   Their marriage was announced in the Hampshire Advertiser dated 20th July 1878.

“On the 15th instant, at St. Luke’s Church, Southampton, by the Rev. H. J. Mason, Curate, Alexander, only son of the late Ambers Ashley Van Santen, of Haarlem Villa, Alma Road, Avenue, Southampton, to Rosina, third daughter of the late Edward Cross, of Orchard Lane, Southampton”

Alexander left a Probate:

 “Van Santen Alexander of 25 Boston Gardens Brentford Middlesex died 1 October 1934 at the Beaufort House Nursing Home Grange Park Waling Middlesex. Probate Winchester 14 November 1934 to William Frederick Steel wharfinger. Effects £3003 13s 11d”

Seymour’s three older siblings were:

Ashley Alexander b.1880.  Documented on the Find my Past website – Ashley was a crew member of the “Leviathan”, engaged as a Steward, and sailed many times to New York Port from Southampton.  He served in WW1 with the Hampshire Regiment as an Acting Sergeant, regimental number 242105.  He received the British War and Victory Medals.

Rosina Caroline b.1882 and d.24/3/1954.  Married William Frederick Steele on the 16th October 1913, by banns, in the Parish Church of St. Marks, Notting Hill, London.  Rosina’s occupation was Teacher and William was an accountant.  (Details taken from London Parish Marriage Records). They had two sons.

Rosina left a Probate naming her husband:

“Steel Rosina Caroline of 31 Belmont Road Portswood Southampton (wife of William Frederick Steel) died 24 March 1954. Administration Winchester 5 August 1954 to the said William Frederick Steel retired assistant dock manager. Effects “1846 16s 2d”

 Lily Maud b.1884 and d.1963.  Married Reginald Charles Monger in 1913 Southampton.

In the 1891 census Alexander and Rosina, together with their four children, were living with his mother Caroline at 6 Old Alma Road in the Parish of St. Mary’s, Southampton.  Alexander was working as a Commercial Clerk.

They were still living in Alma Road in 1901 but now at number 117.  Both Alexander and Ashley were working as Shipping Clerks, daughter Rosina was working in a School as a Pupil Teacher and Lily was an Apprentice in a Draper’s Business.  Caroline, Alexander’s mother, was still living with her family.

By 1911 Alexander was a widower.  He, with children Rosina, Lily and Seymour were still living at the same residence.  Alexander was employed by The Royal Mail Steam Packet Company as a Commercial Clerk, daughter Rosina was an Assistant School Mistress and Seymour was employed by the London and South Western Railway Train Company as a Railway Clerk.  Lily didn’t have any employment.  Ashley was probably at sea on the night the census was taken.


Railway Employment Records
Seymour entered employment with the Railway service in September 1902 aged 16 years and a month, as a probationary junior clerk in the Dock Office, Southampton, at 7s per week.  He received several increases in his wages until August 1908 when he was placed on salaried staff at £65 per annum, where again his wages rose to £100 per annum by 5th August 1915.  This is when he enlisted into the Army.


War service

Taunton’s School Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School: 1898 – 1901

Education and Employment: Seymour was born in 1886 and attended Bevois Town Board School before joining Taunton’s. he went to the London and South Western Railway Company in 1902 and worked as a junior railway clerk at the docks until 1908 when he became a salaried member of staff.

Life during the war: Seymour lived with his family on Alma Road in Portswood for almost thirty years. He worked for the Railway until 1915 when he enlisted in the army. Seymour fought with the 2nd/5th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment as a Private. He had only been in France for three weeks when he was killed by machine gun fire.

Seymour died on 1st September 1916 aged 30 years.

Seymour left a Probate:

“Van Santen Seymour Stanley of 117 Alma Road The Avenue Southampton private reserve battalion 5th Gloucester regiment died 1 September 1916 in France. Administration (with Will) London 8 May 1917 to Alexander Van Santen mercantile clerk. Effects £96 0s 8d”

Laventie-Military-CemeterySeymour is Remembered with Honour at the Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, France. The Memorial Register reads:

 “Van Santen, Pte. S. S., 4915. 2nd/5th Bn. Gloucestershire Regt. 1st September, 1916. Grave/Plot Reference II. F. 13”





Personal Effects – Alexander, the father, was named to received his son’s back payment of £3 5s 9d on the 27th February 1917, with a further War Gratuity payment of £3 on 17th September 1919.

For his service to his country, Seymour was entitled to the Victory and British War Medals.


Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 27th August 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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