Herbert Seekings was born in 1899 at Needingworth. He was the son of Robert and Betsey Seekings who lived on High Street, and then Chapel Close by 1911. He was the youngest brother of Charlie and Ernest Seekings, and like his elder brother :PI1:I21&tree=hcn”>Ernest, he was killed in the war.
Herbert was a Private in the 6th Battalion, The Queens (Royal West Surrey). This was the same Battalion and Regiment as Fred Metcalfe who was killed about 2 months earlier than Herbert.
In June/July 1918 the Battalion was operating in the Albert area to the north of the River Somme. Albert had just been taken and the line had stabilised again. Preparations were in hand for an Allied Advance in this area to begin on August 8th. The Allies were constantly on the offensive preparing the ground for the main attack.
On 3rd July Herbert’s Battalion was involved in recapturing the high ground of the Bouzincourt spur. This high ground was to give the Allies the advantage when the main attack came on August 8th, the day called the “Black Day” of the German Army. It was to have a devastating moral effect on the enemy as well as gaining tactical advantages.
Like many others Herbert was killed in one of the sideshows on the Western Front, sacrificing his life to make the way easier for others in the main advance.
He is buried at the Bagneux British Cemetery, near Gezainoourt and he received the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.