Harry WEBSTER
Rank: Private
Number: 52896
Unit: 13th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 5 November 1916
Age: 18
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Henry Webster was always known as Harry to his family. His parents originated from Bradford, Yorkshire and an examination of the 1901 Census and the family history website, FreeBMD, suggests that Lot (possibly Lotan) Webster married Jane Alice Brayshaw between October and December 1885.

By the time of the 1901 Census, they had moved to South Reddish, then a separate local council area from Stockport. The family home, in 1916, was 9 Richmond Grove

They had several children, several of whom can be identified on the Census by their Bradford birthplace. They were Ernest, then aged 15, working as a warehouse boy; Edith, aged 13 and Florence, aged 11. Harry had been born locally between January and March 1898. It is not possible to identify any other siblings from the "free access" part of the online Census. Their father, 36, worked as a "plush batter" - this is probably a job in the local hatting industry.

Harry worked at Halliday's Bleachworks until he enlisted into the army on 9 March 1915 and his original service number was 4162. This number is consistent with him enlisting into the local Territorial Battalion - the 6th Cheshires. His brother, Ernest, also enlisted at some point, serving in Salonika, in Greece. Harry was too young to have officially enlisted but possibly a blind eye was turned. Almost certainly, Harry did not go on active service until after he was 18. His later service number was issued around the middle of 1916 and this is when he will have been assigned to the 13th Battalion.

Harry died as a result of being wounded. He is buried at Etaples which, at the time, was a hospital area on the coast. It is not possible to know when he was wounded.

   
           
   
     
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