Memorial .Ta-Braxia CemeteryIV. 31.

Awards & Titles:

Distinguished Service Order

Family :

  Son of Charlotte Seymour Sclater (formerly Stephenson) and the late Percy Stephenson.

Military :

Unit :  Gloucestershire Regiment 

Action : Gallipoli 

Served in the South African War. Attached for many years to the Egyptian Army. ERIC SEYMOUR STEPHENSON CAPTAIN, GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT Eric Seymour was born 21st April 1879. He served with Brabant's Horse in the Boer War and was commissioned in May 1900 in the 1st Gloucestershire Regiment. He was awarded the D.S.O. 1901. In 1906 he was seconded to the Egyptian Army. On the 26th April 1915 he was Landing Staff Officer at Sedd-el-Bair (V Beach Gallipoli). Whilst rescuing several wounded men on the beach he was shot in the abdomen. He died on board the hospital ship 'Sicilia' on the 6th May. Aged 36 the son of Charlotte and the late Percy Stephenson, he was buried at the Ta-Braxia Cemetery, Valetta, Malta.

The Gallipoli Campaign was fought on the Gallipoli peninsula 25th April 1915 to 9th January 1916. in a failed attempt to defeat Turkey by seizing the Dardanelles and capturing Istanbul. Ill-conceived and planned, the initial effort by the Royal Navy failed to force passage through the Dardanelles by sea power alone. It was then realised that a land force was needed to support the project by suppressing the Turkish mobile artillery batteries. By the time all was ready the Turks were well aware and well prepared. Despite amazing heroics on the day of the landings only minor beachheads were achieved and over the succeeding 8 months little progress was made. Eventually the beachheads were evacuated in a series of successful ruses.

Despite Gallipoli rightly becoming a national source of pride to Australians and New Zealanders, far more British casualties were sustained, and these days the substantial French contribution is almost forgotten.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Khartoum No. 2877 E.C.Unknown

7th February 1907
3rd October 1907
2nd January 1908

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