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Thomas Richard WEBB

Regimental number2910
Place of birthNorth Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address7 Thistlethwaite Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 7.75"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Webb, 7 Thistlethwaite Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 June 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 10 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death26
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row F, Grave No 10), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Alice WEBB
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2510 Pte William WEBB, 60th Bn, returned to Australia, 17 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 6th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 7 January 1916.

Transferred to 58th Bn, 17 February 1916.

Transferred to 60th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Now, 5 August 1916, pronounced 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2890301: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Statement, 2878 Corporal R.E. POULTER, B Company, 60th Bn, 5 February 1917: 'With the exception of Rooney who was in C. Co., I knew them all [WEBB and 10 others]. They all went over the top on 19th July at Fromelles. We had 440 yards to cross under heavy fire and a creek to get over into the bargain. None of these men answered roll call. In my own mind they were all killed. We could not get any bodies in, most of which lay 100 yards out in No Man's Land.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 23), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, WEBB Thomas Richard
Red Cross File No 2890301

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