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7014284   Private Thomas Seawright
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 17/03/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 5th Battalion, Black Watch (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 24/05/1922
Died: 07/04/1943 (Unknown)
Age: 20
Summary      
Thomas Seawright was the son of Thomas and Sarah Seawright. He was born on 24th May 1922, probably in the Stewartstown – Newmills area. Thomas Seawright initially enlisted with the Royal Ulster Rifles. Private Thomas Seawright was serving with the 5th Battalion of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders when he died in Tunisia on 7th April 1943, age 21.
Further Information
Thomas Seawright was the son of Thomas George Seawright.
It is believed Thomas George served in World War One. There is a Thomas Seawright listed on the Newmills Church of Ireland WW1 Roll of Honour of those who served.
According to the CWGC, his mother was Louise D Seawright. However, most information suggests that his mother was called Sarah.
Thomas George Seawright and Sarah Latimer were married on 19th February 1919 in the district of Cookstown.
Thomas Seawright was born on 24th May 1922, probably in the Stewartstown – Newmills area.
Known family: Thomas George Seawright, Louise D Seawright, William Seawright (born 25th January 1920, Stewartstown), Thomas Seawright (born 24th May 1922).
Thomas Seawright initially enlisted with the Royal Ulster Rifles.
Private Thomas Seawright was serving with the 5th Battalion of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders when he died in Tunisia on 7th April 1943, age 21.
On 5th April, the 5th Battalion captured and held some high ground overlooking the next physical obstacle on the road to Mareth, Wadi Zigzaou, which the 50th Division were to attack. This attack failed, but the enemy later withdrew. The next physical obstacle on the route to Tunis, some 15 miles ahead, was Wadi Akarit, between the coast and Roumana Ridge. The battalion was put in to help 152 Brigade and successfully took the southern end of this ridge on 6th April.
Although the attack by 154 Brigade on the northern end failed to take it, again the Germans decided to withdraw. The battalion was then sent forward to harass the retreating enemy and after some skirmishing entered the town of Sfax on the morning of 9th April. This was the battalion’s last action in North Africa.
Private Thomas Seawright is buried in Sfax War Cemetery in Tunisia.
Private Thomas Seawright is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial and on Newmills Parish Church WW2 Roll of Honour tablet.
The CWGC record Private Thomas Seawright as the son of Thomas G and Louise D Seawright of Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
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References and Links
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1 5th Black Watch - Tunisia Details of 5th Black Watch in Tunisia
2 Black Watch Forums Some details of Private Thomas Seawright
3 Emerald Ancestors Mother listed as Sarah
4 FindAGrave.com Includes dob and wife's maiden name
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Thomas Seawright's gravestone can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2020