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Captain (later Major) Miles Seton

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Miles Charles Cariston Seton

Ancestor's date of birth: 29/05/1874

Ancestor's date of death: 13/01/1919

Cause of Death: Murdered in London

Service Number: Officer, no number

Colony or State of enlistment: South Africa

Unit: Cape Medical Staff Corps (South Africa)

Rank attained in Boer War: CAPT, Date Effective: 1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): MAJ, Date Effective: 10/09/1918

Murray Page: Not applicable

Contingent: Not applicable

Ship: Travelled privately to South Africa.

Memorial details: Brookwood Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row H, Grave No 7), Surrey, England.

Decorations: Queen and King's South Africa Medal with clasps, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height: 1.8 m, weight: 92.6 kg (1915). Educated Edinburgh University M.B.C.M (1900) F.R.C.S (1907)

Reasons to go and fight: Strong Family Military Traditions

Details of service in war: Served in South Africa (Boer War) for 2 years first with western province mounted rifles in Cape Colony as a Civil Surgeon, South African Field Force; then as Captain, Cape Medical Staff Corps with the 10th Hussars.

Service and life after the Boer War: Never married. A medical practitioner in St Kilda Victoria. Enlisted as a Captain in the Australian Army Medical Corps, AIF, embarked for Egypt from Sydney, on board HMAT A67 Kanowna on 22 December 1915. Saw war service: Egypt, England. Reported for duty, 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 1 February 1916. Embarked Alexandria for England, 1 August 1916; marched in to No 2 Camp, Parkhouse, 27 August 1916. Marched out to 15th Training Bn, 27 September 1916. Transferred to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 30 October 1916. Admitted to Wareham Hospital, 26 December 1916 (malaria); marched in to No 4 Command Depot from hospital, 31 January 1917. Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 2 October 1917. Promoted Major, 10 September 1918. Attached for duty to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 26 November 1918. Murdered by Colonel Norman Cecil RUTHERFORD DSO (jealous husband), at 13 Clarendon Road, Holland Park, London, 14 January 1919. Rutherford was found to be insane from shell-shock and committed to Broadmoor Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Official Secretary to the Governor-General, Melbourne, wrote to Secretary, Defence Department, 31 January 1919: ' ... the reported circumstances under which this Officer met his death seems to scarcely come within the circumstances which call for the King's Message' [of condolence to the next of kin].

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Peter Cariston Fitzhardinge-Seton, MIttagong NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Cousin


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