Private/Lieutenant & Adjutant Arthur Seymour Tadman
Born. Leeds, Yorkshire.
Arthur Seymour Tadman, son of Mr & Mrs Arthur Tadman of 11 Bainbridge Road, Headingley, Leeds, was working on the editorial staff of the Yorkshire Evening News when the war broke out. He enlisted as a private with the "Pals" in September 1914 and was given a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and Adjutant on may 15th 1915 with the 17th battalion West Yorks (Leeds Bantams). This promotion within a few months of joining the battalion was probably due to his academic background. The 17th were a newly raised battalion, made up of men under the regulation height, hence the title "Bantams". (This did not apply to officers)
On the 18th of July 1917 whilst on short leave from France, he was married at Christ Church, Doncaster (The marriage ceremony was conducted by his brother the Rev.R.H.Tadman BA) to Miss Dorothy Mary Frood. Dorothy was the daughter of Charles Trefusis & Mary Helen Frood of 'The Nook' Windsor Road, Doncaster. The best man was Captain Cyril Banks, a fellow "Bantam" officer and the bridesmaid was Miss E. Frood, youngest sister of the bride.
It was reported in the Yorkshire Evening News that:
"The ceremony was very quiet, owing to the fact that one of the brides brothers recently fell in action in France"
This was 1371.Private.R.Frood, of the 10th battalion Lincolnshire Regiment (The Grimsby chums) another "Pals" battalion. He was killed by enemy shellfire on 3rd of April 1917 age 20. He is buried in St Nicholas cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.
Lieutenant Tadman survived the war relinquishing his commission in 1919 and went on to become sports editor of the Yorkshire Evening News. His health suffered due to the effect of Gas attacks during the war and he died in November 1944.
Seymour had only one Son (Reginald Seymour born 1918) who was awarded the DFM in 1941 but was killed in August 1942 whilst flying a bombing raid over Eindhoven Germany.
With grateful thanks to Mr Alan Tadman for providing information and the photograph for inclusion in this page.