George Stanley Victor Browett, third son of George and Frances Browett of Thorpe-by-Water, was born in the village on 17 October 1897. He enlisted in the 15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry on 1 January 1917, and went out to France on 25 March. On 27 May 1918, he was wounded and taken prisoner. His mother received a letter, with a German postmark, from a fellow prisoner of war on August 10 to say George had died of his wounds on June 12. He is buried in Vailly British Cemetery, on the north bank of the Aisne River near Soissons, France, grave II.AA.27. George's name is also on the war memorial in Seaton church. His brother Charles served in the war and survived.
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