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The men of II Corps were arriving in Le Cateau. They were tired, worn, and in generally low spirits. In just a few days, they had enlisted, travelled down from Bury to Southampton, sailed across to Boulogne, then marched two days towards Cambrai, where they would stand and fight. (8,000 casualties inflicted on British rear-guard at the Battle of Le Cateau on 26 Aug.)

The men of II Corps were arriving in Le Cateau. They were tired, worn, and in generally low spirits. In just a few days, they had enlisted, travelled down from Bury to Southampton, sailed across to Boulogne, then marched two days towards Cambrai, where they would stand and fight. (8,000 casualties inflicted on British rear-guard at the Battle of Le Cateau on 26 Aug.)

Lieut. John 'My Boy Jack' Kipling, son of the eminent poet and author Rudyard Kipling, is buried in St. Mary's A.D.S. Cemetery, Haisnes; grave ref: VII D.2. Reported missing after the Battle of Loos on 27.9.1915. In 1992, the CWGC announced that the grave of an unknown Irish Guards Lieut in the cemetery was that of John Kipling although the decision has been disputed.

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Lieut. John 'My Boy Jack' Kipling, son of the eminent poet and author Rudyard Kipling, is buried in St. Mary's A.D.S. Cemetery, Haisnes; grave ref: VII D.2. Reported missing after the Battle of Loos on 27.9.1915. In 1992, the CWGC announced that the grave of an unknown Irish Guards Lieut in the cemetery was that of John Kipling although the decision has been disputed.

1st Battalion, Irish Guards prepare to leave Wellington Barracks, Westminster, London, following the outbreak of the First World War, 6 August 1914. The Battalion arrived in France as part of the British Expeditionary Force on 13 August 1914.

Battalion, Irish Guards leaving Wellington Barracks, to join the British Expeditionary Force which was due to leave for France.

British Infantry lying in “scrapes”; quickly dug, improvised shallow trenches, watching as German troops advance in the distance at the Battle of Mons, August 24th 1914.

British Infantry lying in “scrapes”; quickly dug, improvised shallow trenches, watching as German troops advance in the distance at the Battle of Mons, August

"Fray Bentos II", not to be confused with it's more famous predecessor "Fray Bentos I" The British Mk IV male tank "Fray Bentos II" (8091) on display in Berlin after being captured at Cambrai in November 1917. Afterwards, it would be dismantled for mechanical inspection and study.

The British Mk IV male tank "Fray Bentos II" on display in Berlin after being captured at Cambrai in November Afterwards, it would be dismantled for mechanical inspection and study.

A shell explodes close to British troops at Y Wood near Hooge, in the Ypres Salient. 16 June 915.

A shell explodes close to British troops at Y Wood near Hooge, in the Ypres Salient.

Albert Edward Burstow died at Mons on August 23rd 1914 age 20 years. This was one of the first engagements with the Germans, where the Queens Own Royal West Kents gave a good account of themselves with their accurate rifle fire. Albert is buried at the Hautrage Military Cemetary, Belgium. Deptford resident.

Albert Edward Burstow died at Mons on August 23rd 1914 age 20 years. This was one of the first engagements with the Germans, where the Queens Own Royal West Kents gave a good account of themselves with their accurate rifle fire. Albert is buried at the Hautrage Military Cemetary, Belgium. Deptford resident.

A German trench is captured by British soldiers 1915 during the first world war.

A German trench is captured by British soldiers 1915 during the first world war

"The Last Alarm of a Hapless German Sentinel" - The War Illustrated, WWI

"The Last Alarm of a Hapless German Sentinel" - The War Illustrated, WWI

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