Flying Officer - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves - 195 Squadron - Service No. 163586
Eric John Seager was born on 21st December 1923 in Dartford, Kent. His father was Edward Albert Seager, his mother was Dorothy Evelyn (née Cannan). The first school that he attended was the Central School in Swanscombe. His father, Edward Seager, died in April 1936.
In September 1936 Eric Seager moved to The County School for Boys – now known as Gravesend Grammar School. The Head Master at that time was the Reverend Samuel Lister. The County School for Boys was located in Darnley Road, Gravesend close to the Railway Station (now the Victoria Centre for Education). In 1938 the School moved to brand new premises in Church Walk, Milton, Gravesend opposite to Milton Church.
The School’s Admission Register lists Eric’s address as 12 Moore Road, Swanscombe. Whilst at the School, Eric was in Cliff House. In September 1939, Eric accompanied the School when it was evacuated to Shipmeadow, between Beccles and Bungay on the Suffolk/Norfolk border.
In 1940 Eric left the School and started work in Henley’s Personnel Department. On 13th July 1943 he enlisted in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves, Service Number 163586, training in England and Canada. He then joined 195 Squadron as a Flying Officer.
Eric successfully carried out 53 operational sorties mostly over Germany, with 195 Squadron, flying out of Wratten Common. He was killed on a bombing raid to Witten, Germany on 12th December 1944, age 20, nine days short of his 21st birthday. He is remembered at Reichswald Forest War Memorial, Germany.
There are links below to Newspaper Clippings and Photographs from the Gravesend Grammar School Archives.
Below are links to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and a few other websites that might be of interest: