William Reginald Seymour Bowyer

Date of birth: 1890
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 203446
Rank: Private
Regiment: Royal Berkshire
Battalion: 2nd battalion
Died: 2 April 1918, aged 27 years
Commemorated: Pozieres Memorial, France (Panels 56-57)

Life before the War

Seymour was the oldest of 6 siblings born to William Robert and Minnie Bowyer (nee Gurman), who married in Southampton in 1889.

William was a Billiard Maker, and was born in Southampton in 1868. He died in the city in 1926.

Minnie was also born in Southampton in 1868, and she passed away in the city in 1957.


  1. William Reginald Seymour
  2. Phillipa Fanny   b. 1891 Southampton   d. 1972 Southampton   Married John G. Wheeler in Southampton in 1913. Married Percival J. Holdaway in Southampton in 1930.
  3. Herbert Arthur   b. 1892 Southampton   d. 1970 Southampton
  4. Sidney Victor   b. 1895 Southampton   d. 31 July 1947 New York City
  5. Cecil Ralph b. 1901 Southampton   d. 1975 Southampton
  6. Ronald    b. 1910 Southampton   d. 1960 Southampton

War Service

The Royal Berkshire 2nd Battalion was originally in India, and landed back in England on 22 October 1914. The battalion was based at Winchester and came under the command of the 25th Brigade in the 8th Division.

This division landed at Le Havre on 5 November 1914.

Seymour probably perished just after the Battle of Rosieres, one of the first battles of the First Battle of the Somme.

It is known that the 8th Division was in the area, as part of the 5th Army.

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: Insert date story uploaded to SCF&FG

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