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Tiny Seymour, WWI vet, recovers rum crocks he buried in 1916

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When Tiny Seymour returned to Belgium in the summer of 1959, he found himself back where he had buried two Service Ration Depot jugs of rum.  They had been given into his care on the eve of a battle in 1916, and he tells the Front Page Challenge panel how he came to find the two jugs, buried in haste as the battalion moved out, and what became of the well-aged rum.

Broadcast Medium: Television
Program: Front Page Challenge
Broadcast Date: May 17, 1960
Host: Fred Davis
Panel: Gordon Sinclair, Pierre Berton, Toby Robins, Charles Lynch
Guest: Dudley Guildford "Tiny" Seymour
Duration: 8:57

Did You know?


• A Globe and Mail article from April 4, 1960 broke down the cost of recovering the rum as follows:  trip to Belgium, $7,000; duty, $11.10; B.C. Liquor Control Board, $11.75; and B.C. sales tax, $1.14.  

• One of the jugs is in the British Columbia Regiment Museum in Vancouver. According to an article in the Vancouver Sun on Jan. 6, 2017, Seymour dug up the two bottles and shared one with some friends in London on the way home. The second, which is in the museum, was shared with some 7th Battalion veterans in Vancouver and finished at a reunion in Victoria. The article states that he died Nov. 27, 1968.  


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