Private 45348 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 2/7th Battalion
Killed in Action Flanders 6th December 1917 : Aged 24
CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL Panel 8.
Private 45348 Horace Webster was born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, a son of Mr William and Mrs Emma Webster. According to 1891 census, their Stoney Street address headed by William 35, and wife Emma 38, already homed 9 children, James W 13, Anne E 11, Mary J 9, Mabel 7, Ada 6, Gertrude E 5, Lily 3, George 2 and newborn Henry W. An additional 3 are named from 1901 census as Horace 9, Emma 8, and Victor 4, although their mother is noticeably absent from that next Dalestorth Street address.
Majority of the Webster family claimed employment among the hosiery factories. Remaining 1911 household headed by widower William at 24 Redcliffe Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield, still includes 19 year old Horace working as a clerk in cotton manufacturing.
Horace Webster became a husband claiming George Street address in Huthwaite prior dutiful enlistment. His widow potentially relates marriage to Miss Mary Ellen Fisher, a daughter of coal miner Thomas and grocer Mary heading that 1911 address.
Private 45348 H Webster of the Sherwood Foresters has no grave. Reported as missing clearly delayed official notification of death. That may account for missing a Huthwaite Roll of Honour, although Sutton War memorial managed true commemoration.
Mrs. H. Webster, George Street, Huthwaite would be glad of any information respecting her husband, Private H. Webster 45348, B Company, 6th. Platoon, 2/7th. Sherwood Foresters. He joined up in May, 1916, and was sent to France at the end of that year and has been missing since December 6th of the following year, 1917. The official notification that he was missing was received on January 5th. 1918, just over a year ago. A letter from an officer a few days later stated that Private Webster was seen to fall during a retreat but the general opinion was that he was wounded and a prisoner. He has not been reported killed and every effort has been made to trace him, but without success. Private Webster was a native of Sutton, and his family live in Redcliffe Street, and he was employed before joining up at Messrs. Cash’s, Mansfield. A brother is Corporal Webster. R.A.M.C., who was on the Warilda when she was torpedoed in the Channel, and got off scot free.