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webbkiaJohn Webb was the son of Jacob and Eliza E. Webb, of 135, Carisbrook Street, Harpurhey, Manchester.

John initially enlisted into the Manchester Regiment and was given the service number 23611. Before leaving for France on 22nd June 1915 he was transferred into the 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with the number 22129.

He was known as Jack, rather than John as we read in the obituary published in the Manchester Evening News on Tuesday 11 July 1916.

Lance-corporal Jack Webb, of the Loyal North Lancashires, was killed in action on July 1. He was nineteen years of age, and before enlisting was a member of the Salvation Army Band for five years. Second Lieutenant Leake writing to Mrs Webb, who lives at 135 Carisbrook Street, Harpurhey, says; “As a scout officer of the battalion he worked for me for four months. Never could I wish for a more willing helper, and his courage was such that I recommended him for the Military Medal three weeks ago. On the night of June 30 we made a bombing attack. My sergeant and your son along with two other men did magnificent work, throwing bombs continuously, and the Germans were throwing grenades also. A small piece of German grenade hit Lance-corporal Webb in the side and he died almost immediately. Let the fact that he died fighting, and fighting well console you.”

Jack Webb was buried in the Maroc British Cemetery.

The award of his Military Medal (MM) would appear in the London Gazette several months later.

22129 L./C. J. Webb, N. Lan, R.

In addition to his Military Medal, his parents would later receive their late son’s 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Memorial Plaque and the Memorial Scroll.

Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 22129
Date of Death: 01/07/1916
Age: 19
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.
Awards: M M

Unfortunately Jack Webb’s papers have not survived.

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