Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery
Registered Charity No 1097153
Lance Corporal John Richard Seed
Susannah, daughter of Abraham and Paulina Taylor of Halifax, died 30th May 1864, aged 12 years.
Also of the above Paulina Taylor, who died 24th Sept 1865, aged 42 years.
In life respected and in death lamented.
Also of Abraham Taylor, who died at Kaikora, New Zealand, 3rd January 1892, aged 68 years.
Heaven is my home.
Also of Florence Gertrude Greenslade, grand-daughter of the above, who died 21st October 1906, aged 34 years.
Thy will be done.
Also of Richard Seed, who died 21st May 1918, aged 69 years.
A beloved husband and father.
Also of John Richard, son of the above, killed in action April 29th 1918, aged 28 years.
He died for us.
Also of Lena, beloved wife of the above Richard Seed, who died 8th February 1920, aged 69 years.
Our darling little mother.
Source of biographical information including the image of Lance Corporal John Richard Seed:
The Halifax Courier, dated May 11th, 1918
CWGC: Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
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John Richard Seed was the younger son of Richard and Lena Seed. Educated at the Secondary School (Halifax), he became a student teacher under the Halifax Education Committee, and then went on to Bristol College. At the time of enlisting he was a teacher at Taunton.
John enlisted in the West Riding Regiment on 1st June 1915 and at the time of his death on 29th April 1918, he was serving as a lance corporal in the 1st/4th Bn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). The circumstances of his death were reported in the Halifax Courier, dated 11th May 1918, where Captain Fenton stated John was killed during enemy bombardment:
"...A shell struck the house in which we were, and poor John was struck by a splinter. Death was mercifully, almost instantaneous, and he died without pain. We all feel his loss very deeply. He was always known to be one of the most cheerful men in the battalion, and has always shown himself to be willing, able and feareless. Ours is the loss of a true comrade. In your loss, which is so much greater, may the thought that he died bravely for all we hold dear lighten the burden..."
He was buried at La Clytte Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, grave reference Coll. grave V. C. 2. (CWGC)
John Richard Seed is commemorated at Lister Lane Cemetery on the gravestone of grave number 4181