Other names: James Seamore
Locations in this story: Iwerne Minster, DorsetShaftesbury, DorsetEgyptHitchin, Hertfordshire
Story: James Seamore Applin was born in Iwerne Minster, Dorset, on 5 Mar 1876 (Registered at Shaftesbury, Dorset, Jan/Mar Quarter of 1876) and baptised at Iwerne Minster on 4 Jun 1876 the son of James Seamore Applin and Susan Applin (nee Lee). He lived most of his early life in Iwerne Minster - at one time at 36 Higher Street. He, like his father, was a Saddlemaker. He married Mary Jane Badcock in Iwerne Minster, on 30 Mar 1902. Regrettably Mary died in 1914 around the time James had had some problem with the law. James had enlisted with the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 66426). He was in Egypt by 19 Jul 1915 and was finally discharged on 25 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. On his discharge he was living in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, and it was there he had remarried Agnes Bell in 1917. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 23 Brampton |Park Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, working as a Store Keeper (Food Production). His death was recorded in Hitchin during 1949. His name appears on a local privately published Roll of Honour.