'William Haigh Seaton was born in Grimsby, England the eldest son of Kemp and Jane Seaton.
He had emigrated to New Zealand with his parents and brother James in 1912. The family set up home in Devonport and at the outbreak of war William was employed as an engineer working for the Union Company in Auckland. William enlisted in November 1915 and embarked with the Auckland Infantry Battalion on 4 March 1916. He marched into camp at Etaples, France on 24 April 1916. At the end of July 1917 he was granted 10 days leave to the UK. By this time his younger brother James had enlisted and embarked from Auckland earlier during the month of July.
Sadly the two brothers were not reunited in the UK as James disembarked in Plymouth on 24 September 1917 and William by then was already back at the Front. Tragically William was killed in action on 4 October 1917 at the Battle of Broodseinde. He was 27 years old.'