Frank Curtis Webb

Private Frank Curtis Webb, d. 21st March 1918, aged 24

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Chaddington Farm was farmed by James Webb. James was married to Florence Sarah, and they had seven children, Florence May, Edward James (Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry), Frank Curtis, Dorothy Helen, known as Dollie, Rawleigh Charles (Australian Imperial Force), John Eddolls, and Stanley Willis. Dollie was married to Charles W Nutland of Salthrop Farm, on December 2nd 1916.

James appealed on behalf of one of his sons at the local tribunal on September 8th 1916. He had 44 or 45 cows. Two of his sons and a man who did not milk were responsible for all the work on his 160 acre farm. He was given a respite until November 1st 1916. The Webbs contributed eggs to the ‘Eggs for the Wounded’ campaign. There are still Webbs at Padbrook Farm today.

Frank Curtis Webb was born in Hannington in about 1894. He helped his father, James, on Chaddington Farm. Frank joined the army in about April 1917 and served in the 11th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment (46193). He was gassed at the end of 1917 and sent home to recuperate. He had only been back in France for a month when he was killed in action on 21st March 1918. The news reached England on April 3rd. Lieutenant T H Northan of the Leicestershire Regiment wrote to his mother, Florence:

Dear Mrs Webb, – It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you of your son’s death in action. He was killed on the 21st inst. while assisting to repel an attack by the enemy. It may be some little consolation for you to know that his death was instantaneous, and he died bravely for his country. His loss will be very much felt in the company, as he was a fine, cheerful soldier and popular with his comrades. Allow me to express my deepest sympathy in your great loss.

Frank is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Bay 5. He is also commemorated on Hook War Memorial.

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