Fred James Webb

Date of birth: 1896
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 1606
Rank: Gunner
Regiment / Division: Royal Garrison Artillery
Battalion: Hampshire  R.G.A. – (TF)
Died: 6th August 1915 aged 18 years
Death location: England


Life before the War
Fred was born in 1896 in Southampton.  His parents were Theodore and Fanny Jane Eliza, nee Collins, who married in 1890.  Theodore was born in 1866 Southampton and died 2nd May 1942.  Fanny was born in 1869 and died on 28th September 1948.

Fred had 9 siblings, his 5 sisters and 4 brothers were:

Ellen Rose Mary b.1890
Theodore John Dennis b.1892 and died 29th February 1916.  Theodore was also a Gunner in the same regiment as Fred and his service number (1605) preceded that of his younger brother.  To read more of Theodore’s story please select the link to his name.
John Edward b.1895
Edward Henry b.1899
Fanny Elizabeth born 3rd September 1900 and died May 1985
Phoebe Jane b.1903
May b.1905
Dennis b.1907 and d.1961
Elsie Amelia b.1910

In 1901 the family were living at the Post Office, Portswood Road, Southampton.  Theodore was employed as a Post Master and was therefore classed as a Civil Servant.

By 1911 they had moved to  376 Portswood Road, Southampton.  Theodore was a Postman for the G.P.O., Theodore John Dennis was employed by the L. & S. W. Railway as an Engine Cleaner in Eastleigh, John was working as a Telegraph Messenger for the G.P.O. in the Southampton Office and Fred was a News Boy.

Theodore’s (father) National Probate
“Webb Theodore of 376 Portswood Road Southampton died 2 May 1942. Administration Llandudno 7 September 1942 to Fanny Jane Eliza Webb widow. Effects £866 9s 11d”

 Fanny’s (mother) National Probate
“Webb Fanny Jane Eliza of Vine Cottage 376 Portswood Road Southampton widow died 28 September 1948. Probate London 6 November 1948 to Ellen Rose Mary Dolphin (married daughter) widow, Edward Henry Webb omnibus body builder (son) and Leslie John Payne solicitors managing clerk. Effects £511 18s 9d”


War Service
Fred enlisted in Southampton, joining the Royal Garrison Artillery, 6th Coy. (Hampshire) [RGA – (TF)].  His rank was Gunner and service number 1606.  Because Fred and his brother had sequential service numbers this would indicate that they enlisted at the same time to the same regiment.

We are unable to ascertain what action Fred saw during his war service.  He died back in England of Cerebro-spinal Meningitis.

Fred is buried in Southampton (South Stoneham) Cemetery, grave reference C.2.2o7.  As well as having his name on Southampton’s Cenotaph Fred’s name is included on the Memorial in St Mary’s Church, South Stoneham.

Southampton (South Stoneham) Cemetery

Southampton (South Stoneham) Cemetery


Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 1st May 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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