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Born: 18th June 1887, Gissing, Norfolk.

Died: 25th October 1914; age 27; KiA.

Residence: 38, Gatacre Road, Ipswich.

Employed: at at Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works.

Enlistment Details: Location: Starston, Norfolk; Date; 13th October 1903; age 18 years & 3 months. Occupation: Gardener; Religion: CofE. Next of Kin: Nellie Websdell – 38, Gatacre Road, Ipswich. Height: 5ft 6 3/8 ins, fresh complexion, grey eyes & brown hair.

George gave his age as 18 years & 3 months, when in fact he was 16 years & 3 months.

Date of Entry Therein: 27th August 1914.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 6680.

Regiment: Norfolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 8.

Le Touret Memorial,

Pas de Calais,





1891   Hall Green, Gissing, Norfolk.


George was 3 years old and living with his maternal grandparents & aunt & uncles.

Walter Websdell, 61, an Agricultural Labourer, born Gissing.

Harriet Websdell (nee Balls), 51, born Gissing.

James Websdell, 24, a Railway Labourer, born Gissing.

John Websdell, 20, an Agricultural Labourer, born Gissing.

Ellen Websdell, 17, born Gissing.

Robert Websdell, 16, an Agricultural Labourer, born Gissing.


1901   Mill Green, Gissing, Norfolk.


George was 13 years old, a Cattle Lad on a Farm. He was living with his maternal grandparents & uncle.

Walter, 71, an Agricultural Labourer

Harriet, 61

Robert 26, an Agricultural Labourer.


1911   Swan Lane, Westerfield, Suffolk.


George was 24 years old, a Gardener – Domestic. He was married & Head of the Household.

Nellie, 30.

Reginald, 2.


George’s mother was Harriet Dinah Websdell, born 1860, Gissing, Norfolk. A Domestic Servant at the time of George’s birth. His grandmother, Harriet was present at the birth. In 1892, George’s mother, Harriet married George Wilby, born 1859, Gissing.


George’s grandfather, Walter Websdell died 1902, Gissing. His grandmother, Harriet Websdell died 1911, Gissing.


In 1908, Cosford, Suffolk, George married Nellie Paulding, born 1881, Wattisham, Suffolk.

They had 2 sons:

Reginald Joseph Websdell, born March 1909, Westerfield, Suffolk.

Ronald George Websdell, born May 1911, Cosford, Suffolk.


Soldiers’ Effects to Nellie Websdell – widow.


George is remembered on Nellie’s headstone at Hadleigh Cemetery, Suffolk and the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.


 Norfolk Regiment: 1st, Battalion


One Comment

  • This was my Great Grandmothers son!!!! I have only now found this by accident!
    Didn’t know anything about him.
    Harriet married my Great Grandfather George Wilby!
    My maiden name was Wilby.


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