James Webb was the son of Alfred and Adelina Webb of 11 Mount Street, Hasbury, and attended Hasbury C of E school. He enlisted in the Warwicks but was transferred to the Essex Regiment where he served in the 11th Battalion. In September 1918 they took part in the final Advance to Victory. An attack on the Hindenburg Line near St. Quentin on the 18th September achieved little but a second was undertaken on the 24th. This time it was a success and a week later the city fell. Among the casualties was Private James Webb. He was 19 years of age, one of the young conscripts who maintained the honour of the British army and who, hardly six weeks later, enabled victory to be won. He is buried in Trefcon Cemetery, Caulaincourt, (C 76) near St. Quentin and commemorated on the Halesowen and Hasbury school Memorials.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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