Images and info. Paul Horne
Born: 1894, Ipswich.
Died: 3rd February 1916; age 22; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 28th February 1915 – France.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 2888
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, ‘B’ Coy, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of G. Webb, of 4, School Cottages, Smart Lane, Ipswich.
1901 Curriers Lane, Ipswich.
Stephen was 7 years old and living with his parents & sisters.
Stephen Webb, 36, a General Labourer, born Ipswich.
Georgina Webb (nee Dewhurst), 33, born Ipswich.
Ellen Edith Webb, 6, born Ipswich.
Florence Lily Webb, 4, born Ipswich.
1911 4, School Cottages, Smart Lane, Ipswich.
Stephen was 17 years old, a General Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Stephen, 43, a General Labourer.
Ellen, 16, at a Stay Factory.
Florence, 14, at a Stay Factory.
Lucy Alice Webb, 7, born Ipswich.
Alfred Charles Webb, 5, born Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Georgina Webb – mother.
Paul Horne:”from the family collection most likely a photo from Stradbroke where Stephen Webb was invalided for a while before returning to the front.”
The Suffolk Chronicle Mercury newspaper reported Stephen’s death on the 25th February 1916.
Transcription of Pencil Written Letter:
4 Suffolk Regt
Feby 19 1916
I am indeed grieved to have to convey to you the sad news that your boy was killed on Thursday the 3rd inst and I expect by this time you have had confirmation of this from the War Office. By reason of a change of company commanders at the time of your son being killed, it was omitted to write to you to give you the first information so I am writing to save further delay.
Your son was killed by a shell and his death must have been instantaneous. The same shell wounded Pte Bunn severely and Cpl Driver slightly. We were in support at the moment and moving up to the firing line when your son was killed. In fact the Germans were shelling heavily at the time and we thought they might be intending to attack. Your boy was buried the same night near not far from the spot where he fell in a quiet spot. Sgt W Smith, his platoon Sgt and 2 of his pals buried him last night. Sgt Smith with another pal went to put a wooden cross over the grave with a proper inscription.
Your son was a real good lad, always bright and willing, and we all miss him very much. After being wounded once it does seem bad luck he should have been killed this time. He deserved better fate but one can rest assured he has given his life gallantly and for a righteous cause. I well know what his death must be to you all and I should like to take this opportunity of expressing my very sincere sympathy with the family. Your boy was very popular with the other men and I know they, with Capt Pretty, have the same feelings as myself.
Yours very truly W H M Pattisson Lieut
Suffolk Regiment, ‘B’ Coy, 4th
On the 3rd of February 1916, an intense bombardment hit the 4th Suffolk’s trenches in the village of Loos. The shelling continued at regular intervals for seven hours, one of the worst days of shelling experienced by the 4th Battalion. Communication trenches became impassable, with the occasional incendiary shell which were mentioned in the regimental diary as a “Wonderful spectacular effect”.