Theodore John Dennis Webb

Date of birth: 1892
Place of birth: Southampton
Date of marriage: 6th June 1915
Place of marriage: Trinity Church, Colden Common, Hampshire
Service No.: 1605
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Battalion: Hampshire  R.G.A. – (TF)
Died: 29th February 1916 aged 23 years
Death location: Southampton, England


Life before the War
Theodore John Dennis was born in 1892 in Southampton.  His parents were Theodore and Fanny Jane Eliza, nee Collins, who married in Southampton in 1890.  Theodore (father) was born in 1866 Southampton and died 2nd May 1942.  Fanny was born in 1869 and died on 28th September 1948.

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

Ellen Rose Mary b.1890
John Edward b.1895
Fred James b.1896 and died 6th August 1915.  Fred was also a Gunner in the same regiment as Theodore and his service number (1606) followed that of his older brother.  To read more of Fred’s story please select the link to his name.
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.

On the 6th June 1915 Theodore married Ethel Dinah Mary Elkins at the Holy Trinity Church, Colden Common in the county of Hampshire.  After Theodore’s death Ehel married Archibald Harry Witt on 11th June 1919.

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
We have not been able to ascertain any action that Theodore may have been involved with during the Great War.  Because Theodore and his brother had sequential service numbers this would indicate that they enlisted at the same time to the same regiment.

Theodore died on 29th February 1916 at 158 Above Bar Street, Southampton age 23 years.  His home address was 376 Portswood Road, Southampton.  Cause of death was:

  • Septic Endocarditis – 2 months
  • Syncope – loss of consciousness

He is buried in Southampton (South Stoneham) Cemetery, grave reference C.2.231.  As well as having his name on Southampton’s Cenotaph Theodore’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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