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Robert was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Seager. In 1891 they were living at 24 Bristol Street, Bilston, together with Robert’s sister, Lilian J. By 1901 they were at 7 Bristol Street, and Robert had an additional sister Nellie and brother Wilfred. In 1911 they were at 8 Bristol Street, with a further four brothers – Frank, Leonard, Edward and Ernest. By this date, Robert had become a roofer for an iron roofing contractor.

Robert enlisted with the 1st/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 3250). He first served in France from 5 March 1915, but was killed in action there on 13 October 1915. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, as well as on the rolls of honour for Bilston Priestfield and for Bilston Town Hall Ward.