SEAMAN, Lance Corporal, ERNEST, V C, M M, 42364. 2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 29th September 1918. Age 25.
A native of Norfolk. Ernest Seaman was the last man to be awarded the Victoria Cross while serving in the 1914-18 War.
Tyne Cot Memorial Panel 70 to 72
An extract from "The London Gazette," No.31012, dated 15th Nov., 1918, records the following:-For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. When the right flank of his company was held up by a nest of enemy machine guns, he, with great courage and initiative, rushed forward under heavy fire with his Lewis gun and engaged the position single-handed, capturing two machine guns and twelve prisoners and killing one officer and two men. Later in the day he again rushed another enemy machine-gun position, capturing the gun under heavy fire. He was killed immediately after. His courage and dash were beyond all praise, and it was entirely due to the very gallant conduct of Lce. Cpl. Seaman that his company was enabled to push forward to its objective and capture many prisoners.