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.
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.