Lieutenant ColonelSEAGRIM, DEREK ANTHONY

Service Number 26914

Died 06/04/1943

Aged 39

Cdg. 7th Bn.
Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment)

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Son of the Reverend Charles Paulet Cunningham Seagrim and Amabel Emma Halsted Seagrim, of East Dean, Sussex. His brother, Hugh Paul, also fell and was awarded the George Cross.

Inscription

INTO THY HANDS I COMMEND MY SPIRIT

Citation

The citation in the London Gazette of 11th May, 1943, gives the following details On the night of 20th/21st March, 1943, a battalion of the Green Howards was ordered to attack and capture an important and strongly defended feature on the Mareth Line. The battalion was subjected to intense fire; it appeared more than probable that it would be held up and that the main attack would fail. Lieutenant-Colonel Seagrim realized the seriousness of the situation and at the head of his battalion led it through a hail of fire to the assault, personally attacking two machine-gun posts; it is estimated that in this phase he killed, or captured, twenty Germans. By his personal courage, disregard for his own safety, and outstanding leadership he so inspired his men that the battalion successfully took and held its objective, thereby enabling the attack to proceed. Lieutenant-Colonel Seagrim subsequently died of wounds received in action.

Buried at SFAX WAR CEMETERY

Location: Tunisia
Number of casualties: 1204

Cemetery/memorial reference: XIV. C. 21.

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Cemetery details

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Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.