Born Lilian Sarah Wheatley on 15 July 1895 in Westminster, the third of seven children of George Wheatley and Elizabeth Sarah Wheatley. Her father was a porter and caretaker of the Sloane Court Flats.
The 1901 census shows her living at 3 Sloane Court, Chelsea, with her parents and three siblings whilst the 1911 census shows her occupation as millinery, living at 1 Sloane Court, Chelsea, with her parents and five siblings.
On 8 June 1929 she married Ernest William Seymour (1900-1968) at St Barnabas Church, Pimlico. The marriage register shows he was an Assistant Relieving Officer living at 57 Coleshill Buildings, Pimlico and she was living at 1 Sloane Court.
The England and Wales 1939 Register shows her as a Milliner at 1 Sloane Court East, Chelsea, with her widowed mother and younger brother Charles Henry Wheatley.
She died, aged 48 years, as a result of enemy action when a V1 bomb fell on their home at 1 Sloane Court East, London, SW3. Probate records read 'Seymour Lillian Sarah otherwise Lilian of 1 Sloane Court, Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea (wife of Ernest W. Seymour) who is believed to have been killed through war operations on 3 July 1944 and whose dead body was found on 8 July 1944 at 1 Sloane Court'. Administration (with a will) was granted to her brother Charles Henry Wheatley, a GPO engineer, on 19 September 1944. Her estate totalled £256-18s-11d.
She is also commemorated in the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour, located just outside the entrance to St George's Chapel at the west end of Westminster Abbey, London.
Credit for this entry to: Andrew Behan