Private 6656 Harry Webb
2nd Bn, (Duke of Edinburgh's) Wiltshire Regiment
Private Webb was born in Hungerford the nephew of Harriett Clift, of Upper Eddington, He enlisted in Swindon with his place of residence shown as Hungerford. We believe he was a pre war regular solder and he went to France on 31 Aug 1914.
He was killed in action on 9 Nov 1915, age 31. He is buried in the Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, Pas de Calais, France.
- The cap badge of the Wiltshire Regiment
Battalion War diary reads:
8th November 1915 – Battalion paraded at 9.0.am and marched to Cuinchy and took over the trenches from R.S.F.s (Royal Scots Fusiliers), over night resting on the Bethune-la-Bassee Canal.
9th November 1915 – About 3.30pm the enemy commenced shelling Cuinchy Village with heavy shells. 47 HE fell from 3.30 to 4.30pm doing considerable material damage to Cuinchy distillery. Several shells fell at Pont Fixe, killing two men of 'D' Company and wounding three men who were billeted in the village as battalion reserve. 'B' Company took over Orchard Keep and a portion of Fire Trench from the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, who were on our left.
(We believe one of the two men killed was Private Webb.)