William Webb introduction

East Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge

  • 30403 Pte. William Webb
  • 2/5th Territorial Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment
  • Killed in action 31st. March 1918, age 30
  • Commemorated at the Pozieres Memorial, British Cemetery, Somme.

Pte. William Webb

Private William Webb

William Webb was born in 1888 and lived in Streamford, just east of the village, where there is still a house on the site. He was a farm worker before the War and enlisted into his Regiment at Newport, then in Monmouthshire.

William Webb’s Battalion was part of the 66th East Lancashire’s Division which was heavily engaged in countering the German Spring Offensive beginning in March 1918, when British troops were driven back across the earlier Somme battlefields. Heavy fighting reduced the Battalion considerably; in one short period suffering casualties of over 700 from a deployed force numbering 900 men.

William Webb was killed in action, listed as such on the 31st March 1918. He was aged 30.

He has no known grave.

Pte. William Webb walk box

Pte. William Webb Memorial Walk

10 miles Monkland & Pinsley Brook

Pte. William Webb gate box

Pte. William Webb Memorial Gate

Donated by a veteran of the Lancashire Regiment, Prince of Wales Volunteers