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Surname: WEBSTER

Forename(s): Willis

Place of Birth: Wortley, Yorkshire

Service No: 795547

Rank: Bombardier

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Field Artillery

Battalion / Unit: 62nd Division Ammunition Column

Division: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

Age: 21

Date of Death: 1918-03-15

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: III. C. 28.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

Matthew Willis Webster was the son of Richard and Mary Ann Webster, née Willis and brother of T/Lieutenant Michael Harold Webster (q.v.) Their father was born at Walden in the parish of Aysgarth and Mother at Thoralby, Yorkshire.

1901 Leeds, Yorkshire Census: 15, Thornhill Road - Willis Webster, aged 4 years, born Leeds, son of Richard and Mary A. Webster.

1911 Leeds, Yorkshire Census: 15, Thornhill Road, Wortley - Willis Webster, aged 14 years, born Wortley, Yorkshire, son of Richard and Mary Ann Webster.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Bmbr Willis Webster, 795547, R.F.A.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Bdr Willis Webster, 795547, R.F.A. T. Died 15.3.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Bdr Willis Webster, 795547, 62nd D.A.C., R.F.A. Date and Place of Death: 15.3.18. 42nd C.C.S. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Richard. £31 18s. 11d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Matthew Willis Webster, where the cause of death is given as meningitis.

Willis and Michael are commemorated on the West Leeds High School War Memorial.

Data Source: Memorial Inscription on Family Gravestone


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

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Surname: WEBSTER

Forename(s): Willis

Born: Armley, Yorks


Enlisted: Leeds, Yorks

Number: 795547

Rank: BDR.

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery

Battalion: Territorial Force


Died Date: 15/03/18

Died How: Killed in action [sic]

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: WEBSTER

Forename(s): Willis

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 795547

Rank: Bombardier

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

Unit: 62nd Div. Ammunition Col.

Age: 21


Died Date: 15/3/1918

Additional Information: So of Richard and Mary Ann Webster, of 3, The Hollies, Wesley Rd., Armley, Leeds. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: TILL THE DAY BREAK AND THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY)

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‘Yorkshire Post’ (15 July 1916)


SEC.-LIEUT. MICHAEL HAROLD WEBSTER, West Yorkshire Regiment, killed in action on July 1, was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Webster, of The Hollies, Tong Road, Armley, Leeds. He was educated at the West Leeds High School, and took his B.A. degree at the Leeds University, joining the O.T.C. there. He enlisted as a private in the Highland Light Infantry on June 14, 1915, and served with that regiment in France about five months, when he received a commission. He returned to the Front on June 15 last, being posted to the West Yorks. Regiment. He was 22 years of age. His only brother, Willie Webster, is serving with the R.F.A.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


WEBSTER Richard of Fernlea Thoralby Leyburn Yorkshire died 22 June 1938 Probate London 27 July to Jane Ellen Webster spinster. Effects £1004 11s.

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