Friends of Hastings Cemetery

Henry William & Adelaide Emma Harris Ernest & Emma Seymour

EI B10

Henry William Harris,
Died on 12th August 1900 aged 54

Afflictions sore long time he bore
Physicians were in vain
Till God did please that death did seize
And ease him of his pain.

Ernest Seymour EI
Killed in action France
3rd December 1917 at age of 31

Adelaide Emma Harris
Wife of Ernest
Died 1st February 1924 aged 77

Emma Agnes Seymour
died 1st April 1954 aged 72

Emma’s father, Henry William Harris, died on 12th August 1900 aged 54.  He had been born in Gloucestershire and had been a painter.  Her mother Adelaied had eight children to support and by 1901 was running a lodging house at 21 Old Humphrey Avenue, having moved from Woods Passage.  She had six children living with her - Charlotte (born c1874) was a stationer’s shop assistant, Robert George (c1879) a boat maker, Emma Agnes (c1882) a cashier, Herbert (c1884) a wine merchant’s porter, Frank (c1886) an errand boy, and the wonderfully named youngest Llewellyn Beaconsfield Harris (c1889) was still at school.  She had one lodger, Thomas Good, a grocer.

By 1911, still at 21 Old Humphrey Avenue ,she only had two sons and a granddaughter living with her but was still running a lodging house. Frank was now a photographer who must have had his own business as he is described as an employer. ,Llewellyn was a grocer’s assistant. Winifred Violet Baker, aged 8, a granddaughter, completed the household.

Rifleman Ernest Seymour was killed in action in France on 3rd December 1917 at age of 31.  He served with the 11th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade.

He is remembered on the gravestone of his parents-in-law and wife, and on the Cambrai Memorial at Louveral.

He was the son of Horace and Elizabeth Seymour of Eridge, Tunbridge Wells and the husband of Emma A. Seymour of 123 Harold Rd. Hastings.

They were married in 1909 and by 1911 had one child, Ernest Kenneth (born c 1910).  Ernest had been born in Rotherfield in 1886 and worked on the estate there as a painter.

Between 1901 and 1911 he must have moved to Hastings and met Emma but by 1911 they were living in Shepherd’s Bush, London and he was working as a clerk in the tyre store of a taxi cab business.

Adelaide Harris died on 1st February 1924 at the age of 77.  At the time of her death she was living at 66 Harold Road. Hastings.

Emma Agnes Seymour died in on 1st April 1954 aged 72, having never remarried.