|Fritz-Kempf||Date: Thursday, 2013-09-12, 9:38 PM | Message # 1|
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|In September 1917, a mother and a father lost three sons who fought in the Ypres Salient. George Ross, Theodore Leslie and William Keith were at the salient when they were killed by an artillery shell. They were the sons of William George & Fanny Isabel Ross. On the photo we see from left to right Private Theodore Leslie Seabrook, 2nd Lieutenant William Keith Seabrook and Private George Ross Seabrook. |
George Ross was the eldest and was born on April 17, 1892 at Grafton in New South Wales in Australia. He did painting as a profession and entered the Australian army as a private. He was assigned to the Charlie Company of the 17th Battalion Australian Infantry Forces.
Theodore "Theo" Leslie was born on 17 May 1893 in Marrickville in New South Wales in Australia and was in the firebriagde. He also enlisted the the Australian army as a private and was also assigned to the Charlie Company of the 17th Battalion Australian Infantry Forces.
William Keith was born on March 24, 1896 at Bulli in New South Wales in Australia and was telephonist. He joined the Australian Army as Second Lieutenant and was just like his brothers assigned to the Charlie Company of the 17th Battalion Australian Infantry Forces.
What exactly happened is still uncertain for me. Through witnesses I have several options, but I'm assuming to the next. Because this is the most abundant testimony.
George and Theodore were still behind the front while William was on duty near Glencorse Wood, south of Polygon Wood. Georges and Theodore were subsequently sent to the front to their brother to joins the Charlie Company. When they reached Hellfire Corner on the Menin Road, the roundabout on the Menin Road to Ypres (North) - Ieper (South) - Geluveld - Zillebeke - Zonnebeke, they were hit by a shell and both died there. This happened on September 20, 1917. They were buried near Hellfire Corner and their bodies were never found. They are commemorated on the Menin Gate on panel 17.
William was wounded during an attack on Anzac House, south of Zonnebeke and west of Polygon Wood on 19 September 1917, and he was transported to the N.10 Casualty Clearing Station (CCS N.10 ) in the evacuation hospital in Poperinge and died of his injuries two days. He was buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Poperinge, on plot XXIII, row B under grave 5.
Source: Ypres Salient on Pictures