John Webster (c.1896-1917)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
John Webster

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

WEBSTER, JOHN. Private. No 14870. 2/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Glasgow. Son of John Webster of Sheffield. Lived in Netherthong from 1910. Attended the Parish Church Sunday School. Was a member of the Netherthong Working Men's Club and the Netherthong Association football club. Employed as an apprentice by Mr B. Eastwood, brush manufacturer. Enlisted 24.11.1914. Was wounded on 2.7.1916 and invalided home. Returned to France some months later. Killed in action, 28.6.1917. Buried QUEANT ROAD CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 3, Row F, Grave 27.
In a letter, Second Lieutenant Thropler describes how Private Webster met his death, 'At the time of this sad happening we had just relieved a Company on the front line when a whizz-bang burst just a few yards away hitting Jack and another. The injuries he received were to the top of the head. He was unconscious immediately and in a few minutes he expired. His end was painless. He has a soldier's grave about two miles from the line, the service being conducted by our Chaplain.'
ROH:- Netherthong and Thongsbridge War Memorial; Netherthong Working Men's Club.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission