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William Hunter Tomlinson WEBSTER

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Surname: WEBSTER

Forename(s): William Hunter Tomlinson

Place of Birth: Nappa Scar near Askrigg, Yorkshire

Service No: 696260

Rank: Gunner

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Field Artillery

Battalion / Unit: 'Z' 57 Medium Trench Mortar Battery

Division: 57th (2/West Lancashire) Division

Age: 22

Date of Death: 1917-08-05

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: XXII. O. 21A.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: ASKRIGG, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

William Hunter Tomlinson Webster was the son of John Anthony and Jane Webster, née Stockdale. John was born at Barningham and Jane at Skirethorns, Yorkshire.

1901 Aysgarth, Yorkshire Census: William H.T. Webster, aged 5 years, born Nappa Scarr, son of John A. and Jane Webster.

1911 Aysgarth, Yorkshire Census: Nappa Scar - William Webster, aged 15 years, born Nappa Scar, son of John Anthony and Jane Webster.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Gnr William Webster, 696260, Royal Field Artillery.

A short biography of William is included in: ‘Wensleydale Remembered – The Sacrifice made by the Families of a Northern Dale 1914-1918 and 1939-1945’ by Keith Taylor (2004).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Gunner William Hunter Tomlinson WEBSTER

Gunner William Hunter Tomlinson WEBSTER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 57th (2/West Lancashire) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 57th (2/West Lancashire) Division

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Surname: WEBSTER

Forename(s): William

Born: Ackrigg, Yorkshire


Enlisted: Garston, Lancs

Number: 696260

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery

Battalion: Territorial Force


Died Date: 05/08/17

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: WEBSTER

Forename(s): William Hunter Tomlinson

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 696260

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

Unit: "Z" 57th Trench Mortar Bty.

Age: 22


Died Date: 05/08/1917

Additional Information: Son of John and Jane Webster, of Nappa Scarr, Aysgarth, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: AT REST)


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24 August 1917


The sad news has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Webster, Nappa Scar, Askrigg, that their youngest son, Gunner Wm. Webster, R.F.A., had died in hospital in France. Gunner Webster, who was only 22 years of age, enlisted in May 1915, and had been in France about seven months. He was slightly wounded on July 7th and on the night of the 29th his billet was heavily shelled with gas shells. He nobly assisted his comrades who suffered more than himself and he was afterwards removed to hospital. Pneumonia supervened, and he died suddenly on the 5th inst.

His was highly spoken of by his commanding officer as a good and brave soldier and well liked by his comrades. He was buried with all military honours. Before he enlisted he was a member of the Askrigg Church choir and was much esteemed by all who knew him.

Much sympathy is felt for the parents and family in their sad bereavement. Mr. and Mrs. Webster have two other sons in the Army. We hope to give a photograph next week.

31 August 1917


We give a photograph of Gunner Wm. Webster, R.F.A, who, as reported last week, died in hospital in France on August 5th from pneumonia following an attack by gas shells. He was the younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Webster, of Nappa Scar, Askrigg, and was 22 years of age.


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