Webb, Sidney & Walter


Their names were recorded on the Highfield War MemorialBitterne War Memorial and the Southampton Cenotaph. Sidney Webb was also recorded on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
Their names were also found on the Highfield School Roll of Honour.

Other Information

In the 1891 census, James (b.1859) and Annie Webb (b.1860) of Southampton, were living at 10 Malmesbury Gardens, Bournemouth. James was a Locomotive Engine Man with the L.S.W.R. They had 3 daughters; Mabel Maud (b.1986), Annie Victoria (b.1888) and Lilian Grace (b.1890).

Birth registered for Sidney Howard Webb, Apr-Jun 1891, Christchurch, Hampshire, Vol. 2b, page 670. His Naval papers show his date of birth as 11th April 1891.

Marriage registered for James Webb to Teresa Spencer, Apr-Jun 1894, Christchurch, Vol. 2b, page 645.

Birth registered for Walter Thomas Webb, Jul-Sep 1897, Christchurch, Hampshire, Vol. 2b, page 645.

In 1901, the family were living at 14 Testwood Road, Shirley, Southampton. James was a general labourer. He and Teresa (b.1862,Wiltshire) had 7 chidlren living with them. Mary (b.1886 – so may be Mabel Maud), Annie, Sidney (b.1891), Lizzie (b.1895), Walter (b.1898) and step children; Harry Spencer (b.1888) and Frances Spencer (b.1890). All the children were born in Bournemouth.
Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 1072; Folio: 48; Page: 57.

Sidney Howard James Webb (service number SS/109010) served in the Royal Navy as a Stoker on the submarine HMS H3. This submarine (brought into service in 1915 to combat German U-boat attacks) was lost on 15th July 1916 with all 22 crew, when it hit a mine whilst on patrol near Cattaro in the Adriatic.
Sidney died aged 25 and was recorded as the son of James Samuel and Annie Webb of 14 Highcrown St., Highfield, Southampton. He was lost at sea and has no grave but is commemorated on the PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 20.

Commonwealth War Grave Commission records show that Walter Thomas Webb (service number 11117) served with the 11th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment. Walter served on the Western Front, including the Battles of Loos and Somme, Givenchy, Arras, Messines and Cambrais. He died at Rheims during the German Spring Offensive. He died on 29 March 1918, aged 20 years. He is buried at VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MILITARY CEMETERY, Grave Reference: V. B. 6. Son of James and Teresa Webb, of 14, High Crown St., Highfield, Southampton.

Extract from the National Roll of the Great War – Southampton section: 
WEBB, W.T., Private, 11th Hampshire Regiment. 
He volunteered in September 1914, and was later drafted to the Western Front. He took part in many important engagements, including the Battles of Loos, the Somme, Givenchy, Arras, Messines and Cambrai, and was killed in action near Rheims on March 29th, 1918. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

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