Saint-Quentin during World War One
Thursday 27th August 1914: We are saddened to hear of the death of Private Benjamin Hedley Seabrook of 5th
. He was guarding a railway bridge at
Manningtree [Essex] and was killed by an express train at 8.30 this morning. He
was the son of Benjamin and Eliza Jane Seabrook of Bedfords 68 West Street, Dunstable and was just
eighteen years old.
All day the 1st
Bedfords have been continuing their retreat
from . They
left Estrées about 4 a.m. and marched through the city of Mons Saint-Quentin
reaching the town of
just after midday. This journey of around twenty miles must have been
shattering to men who have hardly slept since Sunday and have been in action.
Our source with the battalion tells us that many of the men were marching
whilst asleep. Eaucourt
Sources: X550/2/5; X550/2/7; Bedfordshire Times 28th August 1914