Private William Thomas Seales
2353 1/5th East Lancashire Regiment
Died 8th July 1915, aged 36
Lived at 21 Thompson Street, Padiham
Enlisted in Burnley
Buried in East Mudros Military Cemetery, Greece (plot
II. A. 3).
Burnley Express 17/07/1915
ILL DISQUIETING TELEGRAM FOR PADIHAM WIFE (Burnley
Express 17th July 1915)
On Monday evening Mrs Seales, of 21 Thompson Street,
Padiham, received the following telegram from the Record Office at Preston:-
“Regret to inform you No. 2353 Private William Thomas Seales, 5th
East Lancashire Regiment, is dangerously ill, Alexandria, July 6th.”
This was the first intimation Mrs Seales had received that her husband
was really ill, though he had written previously to say that he had rheumatism,
making light of it. He had never suffered from anything of this nature
before leaving England. Private Seales is 36 years of age, and was employed
at Higham Colliery. He joined the Territorial’s only the week before
he set sail with them for Egypt, and had not been in the Army before.
The friends of Mrs. Seales hope that before long she will receive news
that her husband is making speedy progress toward recovery.
DIED FROM DISEASE NEWS OF PADIHAM TERRITORIAL (Burnley
Express 24th July 1915)
The sad News was received
by Mrs Seales, of 21 Thompson Street, Padiham, from the War Office on
Wednesday that her husband, Private W. T. Seales (2353), 5th East Lancashire
Territorial's, had died of Disease in hospital at Alexandria. The previous
week, as previously reported in the ‘Express’, Mrs Seales
received a telegram from the Record Office.
(Newspaper extracts courtesy of his Great-Grandaughter