Webb, Ernest

Ernest was the son of Elizabeth Webb, born in Ashwell on 5 December 1889.  He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.

Ernest enlisted at Hitchin, Hertfordshire on 2 May 1916 with the Royal Field Artillery as Gunner, Regimental Number 125229.  He spent the first few years of service in England.  He was posted with the 56th Battery, 34th Army Brigade, of the Royal Field Artillery to the Western Front, France and Flanders on 6 April 1918.  Ernest survived the War.

Ernest was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.

He lived with his Aunt and Uncle, John and Anne (nee Webb) Waldock from a very early age at The Lodge, Station Rd, Ashwell, Hertfordshire.

Before enlisting he was a horsekeeper.

Ernest married Thirza Millicent Worboys in Ashwell, Hertfordshire in 4th quarter 1917. They had one daughter, Millicent Jean, born 4th quarter 1923.

The 1939 census shows Ernest living in Ashwell, a poultry farmer.

He died in Ashwell, Hertfordshire in March 1976.

Ernest’s brother, Edward, also served in the War, survived,  and was awarded the Military Medal.

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