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Seabrooke, Alexander Stanger

Captain A. S. Seabrooke, who died on July 1st, 1916, in Mesopotamia, at the age of 31, was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Seabrooke. of Grays, Essex. Attached to the Rawal Pindi Hospital, Boulogne and this was presently transferred to Mesopotamia where, as a result of overwork and unsanitary conditions he met his death on 1 July 1916.

Such a dear chap, Alec will be deeply missed, one of the best chaps that have ever lived, splendid influence on others. Known to all his friends as Puppy.

He was born on October 26th, 1881, at Marsh House, Grays, and, when nine years -old, went to Maze Hill School, St. Leonard's. In 1898 he went to Tonbridge School, where he became head of his house. Alec Seabrooke was a keen sportsman. His father taught him to use a gun when he was only ten years old, and he became a very good shot. There could be no more congenial companion for a walk with a gun. He was an untiring sportsman after partridges in September and, owing to his walking powers, was generally found as outside gun, right or left. He was no cricketer, nor did he achieve success as an oarsman, but Guy's men can tell you of his prowess at football. He played golf, and on one occasion won a cup at the Gray's Golf Club. He was a powerful swimmer, and was quite at home on horseback.

In 1903, Alec Seabrooke proceeded to Christ's College, Cambridge, where he entered heartily into the life and spirit of the University, and was a member of the Mounted Infantry Corps.

Entering Guy's Hospital in 1908, Alec Seabrooke had an unusually successful career, not merely from academic brilliance, but because he was recognised as a man of exceptional character, who gained the confidence of every one with whom he came in contact. He was President of the Guy's Residents, and held House Appointments for two years, including House-Surgeon and Resident Obstetric Physician.

In March, 1915, he gave up the post of Resident Obstetric and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. After a short period of training at Aldershot he proceeded to France, where he was attached to the Rawal Pindi Hospital. Guy's Hospital Reports Vol.LXX, War Memorial Number


First name(s)Alexander Stanger
Date of birth26 October 1884
Place of birthMarsh House, The Elms, Grays, Essex
Family details2nd Son of Jonathan and Fanny Agnes Seabrooke of 'The Elms' Grays Essex
Previous educationMaze Hill School, St Leonard's, Tonbridge School and Christ's College Cambridge
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1908-1912
Dept / courseM.B. Cambridge
QualificationsNov 1912 MRCS (Eng) and LRCP, Cambridge University 1913 MB, BC
Military unitR.A.M.C. attd Base General Hospital
Date enlistedMarch 1915
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death1 July 1916
Age at death31
Rank at deathCaptain
Place of deathMesopotamia
Cause of deathOverwork and unsanitary conditions
Burial placeAmara War Cemetery, Iraq
Commemoration(s)Guy's Hospital Memorial

Seabrooke Memorial Tablet; This tablet has now been fixed in Grays Church, anda memorial service will be held there on Wednesday, November 21st, at 3 p.m. A train leaves Fenchurch Street at 1.48, arriving at Grays at 2.47, and Mrs Seabrooke has kindly extended an invitation to tea at “The Elms” to all those who would like to be present and inspect the Tablet. The church is within two minutes walk of Gray’s Station. Guy’s Hospital Gazette 17 Nov., 1917

SourcesGuy's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; UK Medical Register from 1915

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