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VC322  William Henry Harrison Seeley

BORN   1 May 1840

DIED   1 October 1914  AGE   74

VC Won  6 September 1864   AGE   24

Place VC Won   Shimonoseki, Japan

War/Campaign  Shimonoseki Campaign

Name   William Henry Harrison Seeley   No.    

VC Issue No.   322   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Royal Navy



Rank VC Won   Ordinary Seaman

Rank End Of Career   Ordinary Seaman

Place Of Birth   Topsham, Maine, USA

Place Of Death   At his son's home, 26 Barrows Street, Dedham, Massachusetts, USA

Buried/Location Ashes   Evergreen Cemetery, Washington Street, Stoughton, Massachusetts, USA


Date Buried/Cremated   4 October 1914

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   Family plot in daughter's grave

Gazetted   21 April 1865

VC Presented   22 September 1865 by Commander in Chief Portsmouth, Admiral Sir M Seymour, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England


P  Headstone, Evergreen Cemetery, Washington Street, Stoughton, Massachusetts, USA

By The Way…

First American to win the Victoria Cross

A new headstone erected in 2012

VC Held By

Not known



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Thank you to Bill Sweeney for the photos of William Seeley’s Grave