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6568   Sergeant William Seeley
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 10th Regiment, South African Infantry (South African Army)
Died: 20/11/1916 (Died of Illness)
William Scilly was the son of Eliza Jane Scilly. He was one of 11 children. The family were living in Killybaskey, Moneymore by 1871. They were a farming family. The family name was spelt Scilly / Silly in most early records. By 1911, it seems to have changed to Seeley. William Seeley served in the Boer War. Sergeant William Seeley was serving with the 10th Regiment of the South African Infantry when he died in East Africa of malaria / blackwater fever on 20th November 1916. Sergeant William Seeley is buried in Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery in Tanzania.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Dar es Salaam War Cemetery
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Grave Ref: Grave 7-D-3.
CWGC Casualty 899067
Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery is located on the right (eastern/coastal) side of Bagamoyo Road, which heads north-west along the coast from the centre of Dar-Es-Salaam and is clearly marked. It is about 5 kilometres from the city centre, and a roadside direction sign indicates the turn off for Bagamoyo Road into the lane leading to the cemetery.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 303
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Scilley family 1901 Census does not list William at house 1 in Killybaskey, Lissan Upper, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Seeley family 1911 Census does not list William at house 2 in Killybasky, Lissan Upper, Londonderry
3 Cairns Post 9th May 1917 An obituary to William Seeley
4 South Africa War Graves Project Details of Sergeant William Seeley including grave photo
5 W. Seeley, South African Infantry The only W. Seeley who served with the South African Forces
6 War Graves Photographic Project Gravestone photo of William Seeley can be purchased here.
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