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Mansfield Nottinghamshire
Cyril Seymour was the youngest child of Seymour and Mary Ann Hole (née Fisher). His father Seymour was born in Dunster, near Wilton, Somerset, on 2 October 1850, the son of John, a carpenter, and Eliza Hole. He was baptised at Dunster parish church on 31 October 1850. The family was living in Dunster in 1861 but by 1871 Seymour was a coachman in Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Middlesex, in the household of a GP, Dr Charles Roberts, formerly of Somerset. However, on 9 March 1877 at the age of 26, Seymour entered employment as a railway porter at Ambergate, Derbyshire. His mother Mary Ann was born on 28 July 1856 in Whitwick, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, the daughter of Isaiah Fisher, a coal miner, and his wife Elizabeth. The family was living in Whitwick in 1861 but by 1871 had moved to Newthorpe Common, Greasley, Nottinghamshire. Seymour and Mary Ann were married at Alfreton St Martin, Derbyshire, in 1881 (J/F/M Belper), and had five children who with one exception were born in Mansfield: Evelyn b. 25 June 1881; Walter b. Southwell 9 December 1883 (reg. 1884); Percy b. 1885 bap. Mansfield SS Peter & Paul 5 December 1886; Mabel b. 10 March 1888 bap. SS Peter & Paul 29 July 1888 and Cyril Seymour b. 1896 bap. SS Peter & Paul 25 October 1896. In 1881, the year of their marriage, Seymour, a railway porter, and Mary were living at 2 Sherwood Square, Mansfield. Ten years later in 1891 they were living on Victoria Street, Mansfield, with their four children Evelyn (9), Walter (7), Percy (5) and Mabel (3). Seymour was now employed as a railway guard. The family was recorded at Victoria Terrace, Victoria Street, in 1901: Seymour, Mary, Evelyn a dressmaker, Walter a glue merchant's clerk, Percy a Post Office telegraph messenger, Mabel and Cyril (4). Also in the home on the night of the census was their nephew, John Edward Eyre (24 b. Alfreton) a groom/gardener. By 1911 Seymour and Mary had moved to 11 St Mark's Terrace, Portland Street, where they were livng with three of their five children: Evelyn a machinist (boots), Mabel a shop assistant and Cyril who was still at school. Walter had married Edith Sheppard in 1907 and in 1911 they were living on Hamilton Road, Sutton in Ashfield, with their daughters Hilda Annie and Marjorie Mary. Walter was a works manager (glue and gelatine manufacturer). Percy, a town postman, had married Mabel Annie Gent at Pinxton parish church on 29 March 1910 and he and his wife were living on Moor Street, Mansfield. Cyril's mother completed a form for the army in 1926 listing Cyril's surviving blood relatives: Parents: Seymour and Mary Ann, 11 St Marks Terrace, Portland Street, Mansfield Brothers: Walter (36) Hamilton Road Sutton in Ashfield and Percy (34) 15 Berkop Street Mansfield Sisters: Evelyn (38) 11 St Mark's Terrace and Mabel Williams (32) Queen's Mill Road Fulham London Mabel had married Percy Williams in 1915 and they had at least one child, Douglas Percy Williams (b. 1917). Mabel and Percy have not yet been traced after 1926 but their son Douglas was Evelyn Hole's executor in 1954. Seymour died in 1929 (J/A/S Mansfield). His son Percy died on 25 December 1935; he was then living on Berry Hill Road, Mansfield. His wife Mabel Annie survived him. Walter was the licensee of The Red Lion Hotel, Matlock Green, Derbyshire, in 1939. Also in the household was his wife Edith and their married daughter Marjorie Plumb (m. 1934), her husband Percy Horace Plumb (7591855 Private RAOC), and their daughters Patricia (b. 1935) and Gillian (b. 1936). Walter was still at The Red Lion Hotel when he died on 31 January 1946. His wife survived him. Mary Ann was still living at 11 St Mark's Terrace in 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled. Also in the household was her daughter Evelyn, a boot and shoe examiner. Mary Ann died in 1947 and Evelyn in 1965; she was still living at the same address.
Attended Brunts School. He was employed as a clerk when he attested in 1917.
26 Aug 1917
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11 St Mark's Terrace, Mansfield.
15th Bn Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)
15th Bn Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). Cyril enlisted on a Short Service Engagement (Duration of War) on 7 December 1915 aged 19 years and 90 days and posted to the Sherwood Foresters and later to the 8th Bn Royal Scots. He embarked for France on 20 June 1917 and was posted to the 15th Bn Royal Scots on 7 July 1917, joining in the field two days later. Cyril was reported missing two months later on 26 August and his service document was annotated 'wounded and missing 26 August 1917.' His death on that date was not confirmed until 3 January 1918. Cyril has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 6 D and 7 D). He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Cyril's personal property was returned to his parents in April 1918 and comprised: letters, 2 medals, photographs, wallet, religious books, postcards, press cuttings and diary. Mansfield Reporter, 28 June 1918: extract from the secretary’s report to the annual meeting of the CEMS [Church of England Men's Society], St Peter’s Branch: ‘Brother Cyril Hole, has, I am sorry to say, to be added to the list of those who have made the supreme sacrifice, and our sympathies go out to his bereaved parents.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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  • Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. (www.cwgc.org)
    Cyril Seymour Hole - Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. (www.cwgc.org)