Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
Corporal Frederick Ernest WEBBER. 8648
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Corporal Frederick Ernest WEBBER, 8648.
2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment.
Son of George and Annie Webber; husband of Amy Beatrice Rodley (formerly Webber), of I, Brown's Court, Swan St., York. Killed 30 October 1914. Aged 26.
Born Newington (London), Enlisted Stratford, Resided York.
Commemorated Panel 33, YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL.
John Sly (<email@example.com>) has provided the photo of Corporal Webber, together with some additional information on the service of this soldier with the Yorkshire Regiment. This may be read below.
Army Medal Office rolls confirm the award of the 1914 Star and Bar, recording
his date of disembarkation as 5 October 1914.
He was born 16 April 1888 at 32 Arnott Street, Newington, Surrey, the son of George Webber, a general labourer, and his wife Rachel Williams Webber (nee Lord).
He married Amy Beatrice Lee, a laundress, at St Paul’s, York, 10 September 1910.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that: he was the son of George and Annie Webber, and the husband of Amy Beatrice Rodley (formerly Webber) of 1 Brown’s Court, Swan Street, York; that he died, age 26, on 30 October 1914; and that he is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres.
Soldiers Died In The Great War records that he was born in Newington, London, enlisted in Stratford while living in York, and was killed in action France & Flanders 30 October 1914.
The Green Howards In The Great War records that on 30 October the 2/Yorkshire Regiment ‘took up a position which formed a salient, with D Company on the left and the other companies in the order A, C, and B. We little knew what a terrible day it
was going to be for us. We were fired at fairly heavily during the morning, but this caused no casualties...At 3.30 pm we got a message from the Brigade telling us to retire...Moss-Blundell took the Battalion back by companies, working from the left
and starting with D Company. Owing to some very bad shooting on the part of the enemy, and our men keeping their heads, we were able to get back with only eleven casualties [War Diary records ten]; this did not include our losses in the trenches
before we retired.’
(Refs: WO 329/2440 p 146; WO 329/953 p 505
General Register Office
The Green Howards In The Great War [Wylly] pp 47-8)
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