William Ernest WEBB

WEBB, William Ernest

Service Number: 532
Enlisted: 8 February 1916, Claremont, Tasmania
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 40th Infantry Battalion
Born: Emu Bay, Tasmania, Australia, 11 July 1898
Home Town: Burnie, Burnie, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 30 January 1917, aged 18 years
Cemetery: Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Burnie Mooreville Road School Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

8 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Claremont, Tasmania
1 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 532, 40th Infantry Battalion
1 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 532, 40th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Hobart

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Born 11th July 1898 Emu Bay Tasmania the son of Charles and Jane May Webb (nee Laird) he embarked Hobart 1st July 1916 on board “HMAT Berrima” with the 40th Infantry Battalion.

He was killed in action 30th January 1917 in France and is commemorated on the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, Lille, France.

In a letter of sympathy to Mrs White of Mooreville Road on the death of her son Lance-Corpl W. E. Webb, Major L. H. Payne says: —

"Your son was by reason of his happy disposition and unflagging cheerfulness the favorite of the company, while as a soldier he had become efficient, capable, and reliable. It was a pleasure to work with him and he gave promise of making a first class non-commissioned officer. He died at his post nobly for a noble cause."