Died: 16th September 1916; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 10th October 1914 – France.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 3/9312
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 9th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
XIV. J. 7.
1891 82, Albion Street, Ipswich.
Thomas was 9 years old and living with his parents & brothers.
Edward Webb, 46, a Smith’s Labourer, born Ipswich.
Hannah Webb (nee Barham), 38, born Melton, Suffolk.
Edward Webb, 11, born Ipswich.
George Webb, 1, born Ipswich.
1911 44, Albion Street, Ipswich.
Thomas was 30 years old, a Dock Labourer. He was living with his widowed mother & brother.
George, 21, a Machinist – Engineering.
Thomas’s father, Edward Webb, died 1909, Ipswich. His mother, Anna Webb, died 1913, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to George Webb – brother.
The Battle of Flers- Courcelette September 1916
Following an attack on the 13th the 9th Battalion under heavy machine gun fire in the “Quadrilateral” sector took on a German outpost gaining 400 yards of open ground, with no further forward movement dug in. on the 15th the offensive resumed after 3 days of heavy bombardment. During the battle tanks were used.
The 9th Battalion moved forward on the 16th in support of the 9th Norfolk Regiment zero hour at 06:20 advancing an hour and a half later under heavy machine gun fire making it difficult to make any headway. At 08:30 a.m. Lieut.-Colonel Mack the commanding officer moved his headquarters to the front-line trench, while observing the attack was hit by machine gun fire and killed passing the command to his Adjutant. C.Allerton. The attack then stalled and the men dug in under now heavy German artillery. 12 officers were killed or wounded 35 ranks killed and 93 wounded. Over all the division for this battle took upwards of 3500 casualties.
Suffolk Regiment, 9th Battalion