Private Clement Seay


Clement Seay was born on 31 January 1898 at Ballygally, Inch, County Down, the fifth of seven children of agricultural labourer John Seay and his wife Rosina (née Fitzsimons). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at nearby Finnabrogue with his parents and five surviving siblings.

Seay enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 20 August 1914 (No.1022), overstating his age by two years and giving his occupation as 'groom'.

Soon, however, he was found to be suffering from "disordered action of the heart and debility". On 19 November 1914 he was discharged as medically unfit for military service (paragraph 154 xi, Special Reserve Regulations). His military character was recorded as "very good".

After the war Seay served briefly in the Royal Irish Constabulary and then with its successor in Northern Ireland, the Royal Ulster Constabulary.


Two of Seay's brothers also served in the war – Martin as a driver in the Royal Engineers, and William with the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry).