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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


L to R: Leonard Seymour, Unknown, Henry Kaufmann. All are wearing sheepskin jackets sent to

France during the winter of 1916/1917. Photo supplied by the late Alan Kaufmann. Courtesy of

emmleanne on Ancestry.


Seymour L    WO    1901    Leonard              17 ASC    29    SSM Instrnl Staff    Married    R C        

Address:    Ascot Vale, Epsom Rd, 106    

Next of Kin:    Seymour, L, Mrs, wife, c/- H Kaufman, 106 Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale    

Enlisted:    16 Sep 1914       

Embarked:     A40 Ceramic 22 Dec 1914  

Prior service:  Instrnl Staff

Awards:  MC


"Dear Harry, Received your welcome letter, pleased to hear you are keeping well as same leaves me at present.  Am giving Gallipoli a fly as nothing doing out here have my application in and recommended, by time you receive this may be out there, hope all at home are OK.  remember me to Sos, Yours, Leon."   Postcard sent by Leonard Seymour to Henry Kaufmann. Supplied by the late Alan Kaufmann.  Courtesy of emmleeann via Ancestry.


Leon didn't make it to Gallipoli.  He embarked from Southampton for France on 9 July 1915 with the 17th Divisional Supply Column, but with his experience in Artillery was soon transferred into the 2 Division Artillery Brigade where he was promoted to Temporary Captain.   He won an MC in 1917. He returned to Australia, disembarking in Melbourne on 30 April 1919.


Mrs. Leon Seymour, of "Seaview," Hesse-street,
Queenscliff, has received word that her husband has
been promoted from lieutenant to Captain, and has

been transferred from the 105th Howitzer Battery
to the command of four trench mortar batteries.
Captain Seymour left Australia in December, 1914.

AUSTRALIANS ABROAD. (1917, May 19). The Age

  (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), , p. 18.



Citation for Military Cross


For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  He skilfully sited his trench mortars in the captured position, and by well-directed fire cut the enemy's wire in preparations for an attack.  He observed the results of his fire from "No Man's Land" and while there captured an enemy observer single-handed.  He has done excellent work on many other occasions

Gazetted in London Gazette 27 Oct 1917.


Leonard received a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1924.

AN INVESTITURE CEREMONY. (1924, November 14). Countryman (Melbourne, Vic. 1924 - 1929), , p. 14.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223721181


Mentioned in this correspondence:

Grassham-T-C-Pte-2104  letter in Essendon Gazette 20 Jul 1916



A former well-known resident of Stevedore street, Captain Leonard Seymour, M.C., of the Australian Military Forces, and late 2nd. Divisional Artillery, AIF, died on Thursday afternoon at his residence, 40 Normanby Avenue, Thornbury, after a brief illness. Deceased, who was born at Omeo 49 years ago, had, resided locally for ten years. He leaves a widow, two sons and three daughters to mourn their loss. At the conclusion of a service conducted by Rev. G A M Cerutty, in the mortuary chapel of Mr E. W. Jackson,  the coffin, on which were the Union Jack and the deceased officer's sword, decorations and hat, was placed on a gun carriage, and, headed by the Garrison Artillery Band, the cortege moved off for the Williamstown Cemetery. The Last Salute was fired, and trumpeters sounded the Last Post.


CAPTAIN L. SEYMOUR, (1936, February 15). Williamstown Chronicle

(Vic. : 1856 - 1954),  p. 6.



The death occurred last week of captain L. Seymour, quartermaster and honorary captain of the Australian Instructional Corps. Captain Seymour, who was aged 49 years, served as adjutant of  the Victorian Light Horse from 1927 to 1930, and since then has been adjutant of the Australian Army Ordnance Corps.  He won the Military Cross during the war.


OBITUARY (1936, February 8). The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), , p. 9 (METROPOLITAN EDITION).  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article141769151


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