Stanley Liddelow SEYMOUR

SEYMOUR, Stanley Liddelow

Service Number: SX5975
Enlisted: 21 June 1940
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 2nd/8th Field Ambulance
Born: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America, 14 November 1910
Home Town: Hyde Park, South Australia
Schooling: Scotch College, Adelaide, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Occupation: Medical Practitioner
Died: Killed in Action, Egypt, 25 October 1942, aged 31 years
Cemetery: El Alamein War Cemetery
Plot 10, Row A, Grave 1
Memorials: Adelaide Scots Church WW II Honour Board, Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

21 Jun 1940: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Captain, SX5975
21 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Captain, SX5975, Hyde Park, Adelaide, SA
21 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Major, SX5975, 2nd/8th Field Ambulance
19 Oct 1940: Transferred Australian Army (Post WW2), 2nd/8th Field Ambulance
3 Dec 1940: Embarked Australian Army (Post WW2), Major, SX5975, 2nd/8th Field Ambulance, HMT Mauretania Melbourne Temporary Major
3 Aug 1941: Promoted Australian Army (Post WW2), Major, 2nd/8th Field Ambulance
25 Oct 1942: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Major, SX5975, 2nd/8th Field Ambulance
Date unknown: Involvement

Articles from the Newspapers

News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), Thursday 2 July 1936, page 18

HONEYMOON IN CARGO BOAT OR 24 days from Panama to Brisbane,

Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Seymour, who recently arrived in Adelaide, were on the sea in a cargo ship without calling at any ports during their honeymoon trip. They left New York in the ship, and the journey took six weeks. Dr. Seymour, after eight years in Canada; has returned to South Australia as a resident medical officer at the Adelaide Hospital, and he and his young Canadian wife will make their home. in Adelaide.

News of Dr. Seymour's. appointment came only six weeks befofe they left Montreal. They were weeks of rush, excitement, farewell parties, preparations for the journey, and partings from lifelong friends.

"There were only two other passengers in the ship," said Mrs. Seymour. "It was most exciting when we saw .and only twice after leaving Panama at Ata. and Aitutaki Islands." Mrs. Seymour was glad to live on land again and to taste fresh food. There was little deck space for sports and the travellers spent much of their time on the bridge. Charming Mrs. Seymour, who has lived in Montreal all her life, has an attractive Canadian accent, but she thinks that she has more difficulty in understanding Australian voices than in making herself understood.

Mr. and Mrs. Seymour have a flat at Lothian, East terrace. Mrs. Seymour is enthusiastic about living in Adelaide-"a charming city"-and she is glad to be able to unpack permanently. Both she and her husband studied at the McGill University in Montreal, and she did an honors arts course in English and philosophy. "From what I have heard more girls take degrees in Canada than in Australia," she said. "At our university there were 2,000 women students out of a total of 7,000. Many women take up professions, and almost all graduates do some sort of work after their course." Girls who did not need to earn their own living often took up volunteer work in hospital, libraries, and canteens, and some technical positions. They worked in conjunction with the Junior League, which organised this voluntary assistance. Our Coffee Again Skating and ski-ing are two sports which Mrs. Seymour will miss, but she is an enthusiastic swimmer, and is looking forward to the summer.

On arrival she felt the cold in Australia very much, as she was accustomed to central heating."Few women have woollen frocks in Montreal," she said, "but wear light frocks indoors. When they go out they don heavy fur coats and snow boots, and sometimes 'over' stockings." Our coffee she does not like, but she thinks our tea is excellent. "Everyone drinks coffee in Montreal at all times of the day and night, and that is why it is so well made, but we rarely drink tea and therefore can't make it." When she went to buy some provisions in Adelaide she was surprised to find that she .could not buy everything at the same shop.

Dr. Seymour is the son of the late Dr. J. A. Seymour, who, although Canadian born, lived in Adelaide for some time. His mother, who is now in Canada, is expected to come to Adelaide later. Mrs. Seymour was Miss Betty Elliot before her marriage

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), Wednesday 4 November 1942, page 6

Private Casualty Advices

Maj. Stanley L. Seymour, who was killed in action in Egypt on October 25. had served as an army doctor with the original 8th Field Ambulance since December. 1940. He was the son of the late Dr. J. A. Seymour, who for 13 years was minister at Scots Church. Adelaide.

Maj. Seymour was born at New Haven, Connecticut. USA. in 1909 and was educated at Scotch College. Adelaide. He took his medical degree at McGill University Montreal, returning to Australia in 1936. For three years Maj. Seymour was clinical pathologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital before entering private practice with Drs. Yeatman. Steele Scott, and Bonnin at Hyde Park. Maj. Seymour was a member of tlie Amateur sports club
He left a widow and one son

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Biography contributed by Annette Summers

SEYMOUR Stanley Liddelow MD BSc CM


Stanley Liddelow Seymour was born on 14th November 1910, in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He was the son of the Reverend John Alfred Seymour, a Canadian, and his Australian wife Elsie, nee Liddelow. The family moved to Adelaide, in 1912, where the Reverend Seymour was Minister of Scots Church, Adelaide, and instrumental in the formation of Scotch College, Adelaide, from Kyre College in 1919, and also in the establishment of the Presbyterian Girls College (PGC), Adelaide in 1922.  The title PGC was changed to Seymour College in 1977.  Seymour was educated at Prince Alfred College, then Scotch College and studied medicine at McGill University, Montreal, graduating in 1934.  He was a resident medical officer at Montreal General Hospital in 1935.  He returned to Adelaide, in 1936, and was appointed a demonstrator in pathology and bacteriology at the University of Adelaide.  Seymour married Canadian, Elizabeth (Betty) Hyman Elliot, on 7th May 1936. She was the daughter of Gordon Earle Elliot and Edna, nee Hyman, of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Seymour’s military service began in the militia (CMF) as RMO to the Garrison Artillery at Fort Largs SA.  He transferred to the 2/AIF on 21st June 1940 and was posted as an RMO to 2/27th Bn. He named his wife as his next of kin; they were living at 58 King William Road, Hyde Park at the time.    Posted as OC A Coy 2/8th FdAmb, 9 Div in the rank of major; he embarked for Palestine in the Middle East, on 29th December 1940 and served in the Cyrenaica campaign, Libya.  When 9 Div replaced 6 Div, 2/8th FdAmb was widely dispersed with Seymour and the A Coy ADS set up at Barce, 60miles north-east of Benghazi. Later, in Tobruk, 2/8th FdAmb was located in the Italian ammunition bunkers on the slopes at Fort Solaro.  Late in October 1941, 9 Div and 18 Bde of 7 Div left by sea for Egypt.  The French hospital was operated by 2/8th FdAmb, at Aleppo, northern Syria until July 1942. The unit then returned to Egypt with 9 Div and was involved in the first battle of El Alamein in August 1942, and later the third battle of El Alamein beginning on the night of 22nd to 23rd October 1942.  (The second battle is known as the battle of Alam Halfa). Seymour was out in the open treating a wounded soldier, on 25 Oct 1942, when a German artillery barrage commenced.  He rolled the soldier into a shallow ditch and lay on top of him.  Seymour was severely wounded and later died.  The soldier survived.  An excellent leader, before his death, Seymour had been recommended for the DSO.  Major Stanley Liddelow Seymour is buried in the Commonwealth War Cemetery at El Alamein.  He was survived by his wife, Betty, who, in 1945, married Dr John Yeatman, who served as a MO in 2/AIF. Yeatman later became a leading general practitioner in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. Seymour’s son, Associate Professor Anthony Seymour, became a senior histo-pathologist in SA at the RAH, TQEH and at Gribbles Pathology.


Blood, Sweat and Fears III: Medical Practitioners South Australia, who Served in World War 2. 

Swain, Jelly, Verco, Summers. Open Books Howden, Adelaide 2019. 

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Stanley Liddelow SEYMOUR was born on 14th November, 1910 in New Haven, Connecticut

His parents were Rev. John Alfred SEYMOUR and Elsie LIDDELOW - his mother was born in Melbourne & married on 16th June, 1909 in Newhaven Connecticut where Stanley was born the following year

The family moved to South Australia & Stanley studied at Scotch College in Adelaide & later moved to Canada where he studied at the McGill University in Montreal, Canada - this is where he met his wife Elizabeth (Betty) ELLIOT and they married in Montreal in 1936 & came back to South Australia on a cargo boat (see attached newspaper articles/stories for further details) He was awarded a Bachelor of Medicine & a Bachelor of Surgery in 1936 - he had spent 8 years in Canada before he arrived in Australia & his wife Elizabeth was Canadian by birth

He enlisted in Hyde Park, Adelaide, South Australia on 21st June, 1940 and embarked with the 2nd 8th Field Ambulance (Australian Army Medical Corp) from Melbourne on 3rd December, 1940 on the ship HMT Mauretania

Stanley was Killed in Action in Egypt on 25th October, 1942 and is buried in El Alamein War Cemetery, Plot 10, Row A, Grave 1

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial, the Roll of Honour in Adelaide,  the WW2 Wall of Remembrance in Adelaide & the Adelaide HB03 Scots Church

Stanley left a Widow and one Son