Sydney James WEBB


WEBB, Sydney James

Service Number: 2711
Enlisted: 12 April 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Blyth, South Australia, 2 August 1897
Home Town: Blyth, Wakefield, South Australia
Schooling: Stanley Flat School and Blyth Public School
Occupation: Horse driver
Died: Died of wounds, France, 22 August 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Puchevillers British Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, BlythHB1*, BlythM1*, National War Memorial (South Australia)
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World War 1 Service

12 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2711, Keswick, South Australia
2 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2711, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2711, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Adelaide
26 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 50th Infantry Battalion
16 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 50th Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm
22 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2711, 50th Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm

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Biography contributed by Erin Symes


BLYTH, October 5.— It is officially stated that Pte. Sydney James Webb has died of wounds received in action in France. Pte. Webb was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Webb, of Blyth, and spent his nineteenth birthday in the trenches. He left South Australia in April, 1915. He was educated at the Stanley Flat and Blyth Public Schools and had been in the employ of Messrs. Deland and Co., millers, of Blyth, for several years before his enlistment. He was a member of the Loyal Blyth Oddfellows' Lodge, M.U. Pte. Webb is the second volunteer from this town to give his life for his King and country." - from the Adelaide Register 06 Oct 1916 (

The following information courtesy of World War I South Australian Servicemen Deaths (

Surname: WEBB
Given name(s): Sydney James
Birth date: 2-8-1897
Birth place: Blyth SA
Father: James COCKBURN
Mother: Lucy nee NEWTON
Occupation: miller
Residence: Blyth SA
Religion: Anglican
Marital status: single
Enlistment date: 12-4-1915
Service number: 2711
Rank: Private
Unit: 50 Battalion
Embarkation date: 2-9-1915
Embarkation port: Adelaide
Embarkation ship: HMAT Anchises
Death date: 22-8-1916
Death place: 44 Casualty Clearing Station, France
Cause of death: Died of wounds
Age at death: 19 y
Burial or memorial: Puchevillers British Cemetery, France
BDM death registration date: 28-3-1917
BDM death registration district: Adelaide
BDM death registration informant: Solicitor
Notes: Mother married 25-3-1901 Thomas WEBB