Childhood in Eastbourne
Seabury’s mother, Frances, came from the Republic of Ireland. She was seldom seen in society but probably had her hands full with eight children. The family lived at Eastbourne while their father was in town. Her great sadness in life was having to give up her Catholic faith because she married an MP. Our mother remembers her in old age when she loved a game of cards.
Seabury’s oldest brother, Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, went on to become a well-known war correspondent during the First World War and his life has been described in Myth Maker: Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, The Englishman Who Sparked Australia’s Gallipoli Legend by Fred and Elizabeth Brenchley. He shared the family propensity for amateur dramatics.
When he was 12 or 13 years old, Seabury went to Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth instead of going to secondary school (see Naval Career).
Two of Seabury’s other brothers, George and Percy, fought in the First World War. George was killed at the Battle of the Somme in 1916 but Percy survived.