Born: 1896, Ipswich.
Died: 3rd March 1916; age 20; KiA.
Enlistment Location; Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 3567
Regiment: Machine Gun Corps Infantry, 50th Coy.
Formerly 18132, Suffolk Regiment.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Robert & E. J. Webb, of 2, Sycamore Cottages, Britannia Road, Ipswich.
1901 Sycamore Cottages, Britannia Road, Ipswich.
Harry was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Robert Webb, 40, a Coal Carter – own account, born Ipswich.
Eliza Jane Webb (nee Butcher), 37, born Witnesham, Suffolk.
Robert Webb, 16, a Butcher, born Ipswich.
Ada Webb, 13, born Ipswich.
Jane Webb, 12, born Ipswich.
John Webb, 10, born Ipswich.
Alice M. Webb, 8, born Ipswich.
Ethel Webb, 3, born Ipswich.
1911 Sycamore Cottages, Britannia Road, Ipswich.
Harry was 17 years old, a Smith in Motor Works. He was living with his parents & sister.
Robert, 49, a Coal Carter.
Soldiers’ Effects to Eliza J. Webb – mother.
Harry is also remembered on St. John the Baptist church Ipswich WW1 Memorial
The Machine Gun Corps was formed in October 1915 as the machine gun proved to be held affective as infantry support in trench warfare. Cavalry and Motor branches, followed in 1916 by the Heavy Branch. A depot and training centre was established at Belton Park in Grantham Lincolnshire also a training base depot at Camiers in France .the men were trained to a higher technical standard, capable of stripping down and mending the guns in the field.
The Machine Gun Corps had 62,049 casualties, including 12,498 killed out of 170,500 officers and men earning it the nickname ’the Suicide Club’ manly as machine guns were static or fix positions becoming prime targets for the enemy.