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2nd Lieutenant, 1st/2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
Died 08/10/1918, age 19.
Buried at Prospect Hill Cemetery, France.
Former member of the University Officer Training Corps.


 

William was the only son of William Webster and Ethel Anne Raby of Rathen House, Didsbury. He was born at Withington on 29th May 1889, educated at Brynderwen, in Old Colwyn and at Oundle (1913-1917). From April 1917 to January 1918 he was a member of the University Officer Training Corps and then moved to the No. 5 Officers’ Cadet Battalion at Cambridge. In June 1918 he was gazetted with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and trained at Herringfleet, Suffolk. He arrived in France on 6 September 1918 and was killed near Le Cateau just over a month later. He left effects worth £284 4s 4d to Ethel Isobel Raby, a spinster. Commonwealth War Graves records show that he was reburied at some point, his body identifiable from an identity disc inside his tunic bearing the no. 21733.