Casualty list dated 26 August 1914 (coincides with the battle and
retreat from Mons)
6922 L/Cpl J Webb, wife of Meadowfield, Frogwell, Chippenham. Killed in
Wilts Times 10 October 1914
A Brave Soldier’s Death
Mrs Webb of Frogwell, Chippenham, widow of L/Cpl Webb of the 1st
Wiltshire Regiment, who was killed at the front on August 26th has by
means of a letter received from Pte J Britten, now in Charing Cross
Hospital, a chum of L/Cpl Webb, received some additional particulars of
her husbands death: -
Pte Britten who is a native of Derry Hill, Chippenham writes: "I
knew that L/Cpl that you mentioned in your letter, but I am sorry to break
the news to you that the poor chap got killed at Cambrai on Wednesday 26th
August. He was killed by a shell from the Germans about 8.30am. The one
you spoke about had a locket around his neck and had two photos in it; so
you can see that I knew him, he used to work in the foundry. We went into
action about 3 o’clock in the morning and the Germans very nearly
surrounded us, so you can see we were in a tight corner. As I was crawling
along I noticed him and he was hit in the head, poor chap. I should have
taken the locket off only I had no chance as the Germans were on top of
us. We only lost about 10 at Mons, that was in one trench, although we
were shelled all the time by them devils." The writer adds that he
and L/Cpl Webb went to Belgium together.
Wilts Times 31 October 1914
Britten says that Webb was killed on the 26th August at Cambrai. Yet
his widows in memory notice says the 24 August at Mons. Also casualty list
is dated 26 August, Britten appears to have his dates wrong.
In loving memory of My dear husband L/Cpl James Webb. 1st Wiltshires
who fell in the battle of Mons, August 24th 1914.
Ever remembered by his Wife and darling Child.
Could we have raised his dying head.
And heard his last farewell.
The grief would not have seemed so hard
To those who loved him so well.
Also remembered by his loving Father, Mother, Sisters and Brothers.
Frogwell Farm Chippenham.
Wilts Times 25 August 1917
In loving memory of L/Cpl Webb who was killed in action in the battle
of Mons August 24th 1914.
Sleep on dear brother in a far off land
In a grave I may never see.
But as long as life and memory last,
I will remember thee.
Every remembered by his loving Sisters, Mary and Edith also by Father
Frogwell Farm, Chippenham
Wilts Times 24 August 1918
There was no record of a 6922 L/Cpl James Webb being killed
during the war by the CWGC. I submitted his name to them after obtaining a
copy of his death certificate which clearly showed him as being killed by
enemy action along transcripts of the newspaper articles. On 13 May 2008,
the CWGC agreed that Webb was a war casualty and they now record his name.
Obviously after almost 94 years, there is no record of his burial location
so he is commemorated on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial.