Derek Anthony Seagrim was born at Bournemouth, Hampshire, England on September 24, 1903 the third of five sons of the Reverend Charles Seagrim and Amabel Emma Halsted Seagrim. His younger brothers was Hugh Seagrim GC, giving these two brothers the distinction of being the only siblings to receive the Victoria Cross and George Cross. Derek was educated at the Norwich School, Norwich, where Derek and his younger brother Hugh also attended later.
Frederick Charles Riggs was born on July 28, 1888 at Christchurch, then in Hampshire, England. In the 1891 census Fredeick is living in the household of James & Elizabeth Fowler at 55 Garfield Avenue, Springbourne, Bournemouth where he is described as an orphan. His entry in the Commonwealth War Graves Commissions roll of Honour describes him as the ‘Adopted Son of Elizabeth Burgum, of 39, Capstone Rd., Bournemouth.’
Joseph Kellaway was reportedly born on September 1, 1824 at Kingston, Dorset, England the son of John Kellaway and Phoebe Fever,although census data suggest he was born in 1826, possibly at Stinsford.
Thomas Pride was born on March 29, 1835 at Wool, Dorset, England. He was the son of agricultural labourer, Robert Pride and his wife Ann King. Thomas spent his childhood around Wool where he is recorded in 1841 at Bovington and in 1851 at Bindon Lane. Whilst his father was from Dorset it should be noted his mother, although a British Subject, was born in America.
William George Hawtry Bankes was was born on the 11 September 1836, the fifth child of George Bankes M.P. and Georgina Charlotte Nugent. Educated at Temple Grove and Westminster School. William chose a life in the Military. George Bankes died in 1856 and in the spring of 1857 William enlisted at Aldershot as Cornet Bankes of the 7th Queen’s Own Hussars.
The Reverend Robert and Elizabeth Henrietta Salkeld brought a son into the world at the Rectory in Fontmell Magna during the later half of 1830. Philip Salkeld was the seventh child in a family of ten.