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SEABRIGHT, Charles Alfred (1896-1975) – Worcestershire Regiment

Lance Corporal Charles Alfred Seabright (1896-1975) was the youngest of eight children of Thomas and Fanny (née Landy), born at Broadway.  He attended Badsey School Infants’ Department from February 1899 to October 1900 whilst the family was living in Wickhamford; the family had moved to the village in October 1897.  He lived in Childswickham at the 1901 census where his father was an agricultural labourer.  The family later moved to Bishampton.  At the 1911 census he was recorded in Bishampton as ‘Mr Charley Seabright’, a farm labourer.

He was the youngest of the five Seabright brothers and his enlistment in ‘Kitchener’s Army’ at Bishampton was reported in The Evesham Journal of 26th September 1914.  While living in Wickhamford as a small child he attended Infant Department of Badsey School from February 1899 until October 1900, when his family moved to Childswickham.  

He originally enlisted in the 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment (No. 15022) and went to France on 18th February 1915.  Later, he transferred to the 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment (No. 23577).   He was promoted to Lance Corporal and finally demobilised on 17th April 1919.  He is listed in the Absent Voters’ List as from Bishampton.  He was awarded the 1915 Star, Victory and British War Medals.  He married May Wright in 1919.

Three of Charles’ brothers served in the war:  William Seabright, Thomas Henry Seabright and Hubert Seabright.  It is possible that Joseph Seabright may have served, too.