Captain E S Chance

Edward Seton Chance was born on 23 June 1881, the son of Sir Frederick William KBE and Mary Seton Chance, of Morton, Carlisle. Edward Chance wrote letters during his time with the Queen's Bays in France in WW1. This collection is made up of a group of letters written and addressed to Miss N Noble between 1914 and 1916. He was Killed in Action on the 29th May 1918, aged 36. He was Adjutant of the regiment during the retreat to Marne and was wounded at the action at Nery on 1st September 1914.

He was educated at Charterhouse from 1895 to 1900, commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1901, lieutenant 1904, lieut R Welsh Fusiliers 1906, captain 1912. In 1912 he transferred to the 2nd Dragoon Guards, appointed adjutant in 1913. He was appointed to be a General Staff Officer (3rd Grade) in 1913. Captain Chance was attached to the Leicestershire Regiment as Commanding Officer when he was killed on 29 May 1918. He is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, France. His letters can be seen at:

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