"Lieutenant Colonel Seaward Longhurst was Regimental Veterinary Officer, Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery from the 14th June 1873 until gazetted into the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards at Manchester 1877. He served at Aldershot and then in the Zulu War when the regiment served two years in South Africa, during which period he purchased “remount” horses throughout the Transvaal for Cavalry. He also served with the regiment in India for six years, when he judged at the large periodical Horse Fairs.
He received the Gold Medal for the best practical essay on “South African Horses”, awarded by Colonel P.Reddy V.C. Indian Staff Corps. He was appointed Staff Veterinary Officer at Shorncliffe, 1886, including veterinary charge of Dover, held appointment 1887-1890. He was posted to the 10th Hussars at York, 1890, also served with Regiment at the Curragh, Dublin, and Cahir. Appointed Professor of the Army Veterinary School, and Director of the Army and Navy Vaccine Institute, Aldershot, 1893-1898, when he officiated as Principal Veterinary Officer there.
Employed on “Remount Duty” in England, Scotland and Wales during the South African War when he passed about 12,000 horses for Cavalry and R.H.A. He was appointed Principal Veterinary Officer in Ireland for two years 1900-02. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel for special services rendered during the last South African War. On the 1st March 1911 appointed Inspector of the Board of Agriculture for the purposes of the Diseases of Animals Act 1910 and Order thereunder: appointment ceased on “mobilisation”; then employed on Remount Duty in Aldershot Town and District North of it. Inspected at Hull for exportation, about 14,000 horses per annum, for 4 years. Appointed as Assistant Director Veterinary Services 4th September,1914. Responsible for the inspection, at Liverpool, of over 93,000horses and mules from N.America, and Argentina. Served in Liverpool 3rd February 1915 to 30th April 1916."