Private Henry Seymour Skinner

Regiment: 14th  Battalion (London  Scottish), London Regiment
Service No: 8042
Date & place of birth: 2 July 1895, Tillington, Sussex
Date & place of death: 13 September 1916, France/Flanders

Despite his father being a Colonel in the army and despite going to a public school and Cambridge where he was in the OTC,  Henry Seymour Skinner joined the army as a private. He enlisted in the army less than five months before he died.

Family background

Private Henry Seymour Skinner was the son of Colonel Theodore, (died 1914) and Margaret Skinner of Gore Hill House, Tillington. He was christened at Tillington on 14 August 1895 and had an elder sister Mary Dorothy. He was educated at Radley College and Jesus College Cambridge; at both places he was in the Officer’s Training Corps.

Military career

Henry enlisted at Petworth into the London Scottish in May 1916 and served in France and Flanders from 13 July 1916.

Death & commemoration

Henry died at No 5 Casualty Clearing station from wounds received at the Battle of the Somme aged 21 and is buried at Corbie Communal extension. He received the British and Victory medals.

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