Webster, Robert George. Died 9th May 1917

Robert George Webster was killed in action 9th May 1916. He was born in the second quarter of 1896 in Newbold on Avon, Warwickshire. His parents were Edith and William Wheeler Webster. He was the eldest of their children. On the 1901 census Robert, his parents and younger brother Percy William are all living at 36 Grosvenor Road Rugby. Robert’s father is working as a Carrier. By the time of the 1911 census Janet Cecilia and Rupert Wheeler have joined the family and they are living at 42 Regent Street Rugby.   William, the father, is now a Florist (Shopkeeper), Robert is a Shop assistant and Percy and Janet are at school.

Robert enlisted in Rugby and joined the Army in 1915 and was in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Service Number 66141, and served in both France and Greece.

Rugby Advertiser 26th May 1917
News was received on Friday last week, by Mr. W. W. Webster, of Kenilworth, and formerly of Regent Street Rugby, of the death, at Salonika, of his eldest son Pte. Robert George Webster, of the R.A.M.C. The official message simply stated that Pte. Webster had been killed in action.   He joined the army in August 1915. A month later or so he was sent to France and in December of the same year was transferred to Salonika. From the time he joined the army Pte. Webster did not have the privilege of visiting his home.

Rugby Advertiser 26th May 1917
On May 9th killed in action at Salonika, Pte. Robert George Webster, R. A. M. C., eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Webster, Fairholm, Kenilworth (late 42 Regent Street, Rugby); aged 20 years.
“Not now, but in the coming years;
It may be in the better land:
We’ll read the meaning of our tears;
And there, up there we’ll understand.”

Roll Of Honour
Kenilworth War Memorial

Priv. Robert George Webster
Private 66141 80th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps. Served in France and Salonika. Killed whilst carrying a wounded comrade to safety, 9th May 1917, aged 20. Buried in Dorian Military Cemetery Greece. VI. C. 16.   Son of William Wheeler and Mrs. Edith Webster of 42 Warwick Road Kenilworth. Native of Rugby.
(From the book of “Kenilworth and the Great War” complied by Susan Tall and Betty Sunley.)

Robert is buried in the Dorian Military Cemetery, Greece, Grave Reference VI. C. 18.

Under the Registry of Soldiers Effects £6 5s 1p was sent to Robert’s mother 27th December 1917 and later on 21st October 1919 £8 0s 0p was sent to his mother Edith.

Robert was awarded the Victory Medal, the British War Medal, and the Star Medal.

 

RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM

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