Cecil WEBB
Rank: Private
Number: 37255
Unit: 2nd Battalion WELSH REGIMENT
Date of Death: 24 February 1916
Age: 24
Cemetery: (commemorated at) St Mary’s A.D.S. Cemetery, Haisnes, Pas de Calais, France

Neither Henry Webb nor Ellen Staley originated from Stockport but they met in the town, fell in love and married at St Thomas' Church in the spring 1892. By the end of the year, twins Ceciil and Sydney had born. A few years later, in 1901, a census was taken and the family was recorded as living at 4 Violet Street, Cale Green. There were two additions to the family - 5 year old Leonard and Frank, aged 3.

The family worshipped locally, at St Georges Church, and, as a boy, much of Cecil's life revolved round the church. He attended its Sunday School to further his education and was a member of the Lads Drill Company. When he left school, he went to work at the Stockport hatworks of T & W Lees Ltd on Brook Street and became a blocker. By the time he enlisted into the army in May 1915, the family was living at 10 Warren Road, Adswood (and, later, at 81 Countess Street).

He went overseas on active service on 2 October 1915. The period over the late autumn and winter of 1915/16 was a quiet time and it is possible that Cecil may never have really fired his rifle "in anger". On the day he was killed, the Battalion was in trenches near the French village of Loos and, although the unit's war diary has no details of the day, it is most probable he was killed by shrapnel from an exploding shell. He was buried in the churchyard at Loos but, over the course of the War, the area was badly damaged by shellfire and the graves were destroyed. Cecil and eight other men are now commemorated on a special memorial at St Mary's ADS Cemetery a few miles away.

As well as his commemoration on the Stockport War Memorial at the Art Gallery, Cecil is also remembered on the Memorial at St George's Church.

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