Albert Samuel Seume

1846 - 1915

The following obituary notice gives a fascinating insight into the life and lifestyle of Albert Samuel Seume, variously referred to on certificates as a piano tuner, musician, etc.

Obituary from the Surrey and Hants News of Friday 13th August 1915

Death has removed one of the best known figures in the social life of the camp at Aldershot in the person of Mr. Albert Samuel Seume, who passed away at Ash Vale on Monday [9th August 1915]. He was 69 years of age, and for nearly half a century he had been an intinerant (sic) musician in the camp. He was a clever pianist and organist, and was well known in practically every canteen and mess at Aldershot . He was the son of Bandmaster [Frederick] Albert Seume, who was at one time head of the 9th Hussars’ band, and he himself was trained for the same vocation, but he left it in favour of the more ‘free-and-easy’ life of the camp entertainer. His was a very bohemian nature, and in a little villa approached with difficulty and hidden from view off Wood Street, Ash Vale, like the late Richard Marsh, he had studied and become proficient in the ‘art of doing nothing’. He leaves a widow and eight children - six sons, one of whom [Sidney] is serving with Driscoll’s Scouts in Africa.