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The four Webb brothers

The Webb Brothers

1914-18 Canadian War poster.

"Your King & Country needs you" ~ 1914-18 Canadian War poster.

James C., Edward, Harry and Frederick Webb

These four brothers were the sons of George William Webb and his wife Mary Jane Walker.

George was born in Drayton, Abingdon, and in 1871 is living in Church Road, Drayton aged 12 years and is working as a Ploughboy.

On 10 June 1878 at Longworth Church, George Webb marries Mary Jane Walters [born in the Faringdon area about 1855] and by 1881 they are living in Cox’s Cottages, Longworth with their two children, Louisa Maud aged 2 born in Kingston Bagpuize and 10months old James Clifton Webb born in Draycott Moor [aka Southmoor].

The family have moved and the 1891 census for Hindcroft Road, Hinton Waldrist, not far from the village school, live the slightly larger family of George and Mary Webb. George is now occupied as a Rose grower and is possibly working at Princes’ Rose growers in Longworth.

By the 1911 census William and Mary are living near Southmoor Farm, Southmoor, Berkshire.

image of a poppyHarry Webb - Lance Corporal 7677, 7th Batt Royal Berkshire Regt.(1882) was born in Southmoor Berkshire, in 1885. He married Edith Brooks in 1908 and in 1911 is living with her at Middle Barton with two step-children.
He joined 7th Batt, Royal Berks Regiment and died on 30th April 1917 in Salonika aged 32. His body lies in Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece. Harry and his brother Frederick are remembered
on a plaque within Longworth Church. Harry gained Victoria Medal and Star.

 

image of a poppy  Frederick Webb - Private 669835, 75th Bn.Canadian Infantry was born, as were two of his brothers in Draycott Moor [Southmoor] in 1887.Frederick WebbHe is the 4th son of George and Mary Webb.Some years after 1891 Frederick decided to join his brother James who had gone to Canada to live Grave of Frederick WebbHe was then transferred to England in August 1917.Some time later he was transferred to the 75th BN. Canadian Infantry.Two years after arriving in Canada he married a girl from Bristol named Beatrice Milsom who was living with her two younger sisters and brother. It is understood that the couple then had a son. Frederick was wounded at Lens, and died 30th September 1918 at Sailly, Nord, France and is Remembered with Honour at the Cantimpre Canadian Cemetery, Sailly, France. in 1870. In 1914
James signed his Attestation papers at Toronto and joined the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, and by October 1916 Frederick had also joined the Army and was serving with 166th Batt. of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.

 

James Clifton Webb (1880–1929) was born in Southmoor, in 1880, he married Edith Crapper [b 1896 in Arncoat, Lancashire], at Longworth Church on the 19th FebruaryJames Clifton Webb 1919. By Lic WEBB James Clifton aged 28 bachelor soldier son of William George Lab and CRAPPER Ethel 23 sp Manchester da of Frederick William, watch maker & jeweller; before two witnesses. James and Ethel then emigrated to Canada that year.
On 12 November 1914 James joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force, though research has not discovered where and when he served. The couple had three children the first born 1920. James survived the war but died on the 29 May 1929 aged 48 years at Christie St Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 

Edward Webb(1882–) was born in Duxford, on 13 October 1882 and married Henrietta Leach, born 1886 at Netherton, Edward WebbFyfield, Berkshire daughter of James and Martha. Hettie [as she was known] had been a servant in Abingdon and later in St Giles, Oxford before their marriage. Edward is 18 by 1901 but he is not at home with his family, who are now living in a cottage at Little London, Southmoor. They are living next door but one to a family named Leach whose birth places show that they may well be related to Edward's future wife Hettie. On his Canadian Attestation Papers signed 22nd September 1914 he says that he had previously served for three and a half years with Oxford Light Infantry, so his move to Canada and settling down, may account for his absence from home in 1901 and 1911.They too left for Canada and in June 1921 were living in York Township, York South, Ontario, Canada, having arrived in Canada in 1916. They had two known sons, Albert Edward and Frederick. His date of death has not been discovered.

Reference Sources: The 75th Battalion CEF

 

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