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The history of Clophill, Bedfordshire, UK
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World War One

Herbert Charles Webb

KILLED IN ACTION - 13 NOVEMBER 1916 - AGED 23


 

BORN IN CLOPHILL IN 1893.

PRIVATE 23189. 4TH BATTALION BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT

ENLISTED IN BEDFORD.

COMMEMORATED IN THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME, FRANCE.

In 1911 Herbert worked as a farm labourer living in Wood House, Beadlow, with his mother Sarah and father Henry, (Henry also worked as a farm labourer) and 5 of his siblings, including his brother Augustus, who is also commemorated on our memorial. By 1911 his parents had had 8 children all of whom had survived. His maternal Grandfather Henry Tingey Bushby also lived with them.

Herbert died on the same day as Henry Diggins and Charles Gudgin and was in the same regiment.


Ampthill News

July 10, 1915

Mr. Bertie Webb, gardener at the Rectory, who for a considerable time has been a most energetic Scoutmaster, has enlisted in the Army Services Corps (A.S.C,), Mechanical Transport (M.T.) Branch, and Mr. Hubert Young, has joined the same Corps.

July 15, 1916

Several of our boys who have been in training at Ampthill Park for the past 8 months, left for somewhere in France this week - Lance-corpl. C. Gudgin, Privates G. Gobey. P. Garner, F. Williams, B. Webb, H. Roberts, A. Webb, and E. Diggins.

December 2, 1916

In a letter from France, Private Fred Willison sends the sad news that two of our Clophill lads have fallen - Corpl. Charles Gudgin, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gudgin was killed on the 13th inst. and Pte. Herbert Webb, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Webb, of Beadlow, on the 16th.

January 27, 1917

Eleven gallant lads from Clophill met with their death, mainly in France, namely John Bone, Harry Quenby, Ernest Eddy, James Lee, Percy Eddy, Bertie Webb, Harry Diggins, George Maddams, Horace White, Charles Gudgin, and Thomas Izzard.

February 24, 1917

On Sunday the wedding was solemnised at St. Mary's Church of Miss Nellie Webb, of Beadlow, and Pte. W. Webb, of Bedford. The bride's two sisters, the Misses Margaret and Annie Webb, were bridesmaids, and, on account of the recent death of their brother, Pte. Bertie Webb, of the Bedfords, killed in action, all were attired in black.