Charles Frederic Ratcliffe Webb

Surname: Webb
Other names: Charles Frederic Ratcliffe
Other people in this story:
George Webb
Caroline Elizabeth Webb née Chapman
Alfred John Webb
Reginald Claude Eldon Webb
Locations in this story:
Forton, Andover, Hampshire
Pylle, Somerset
East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Poona, India
Portsmouth, Hampshire

Charles Frederic Ratcliffe Webb was born at Forton, Andover, Hampshire, on 22nd January 1890 and baptised at Pylle, Somerset, on 11th May 1890, the son of George Webb, a Schoolteacher, and Caroline Elizabeth Webb (née Chapman).  By 1901 his family had moved to East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where Charles's father was teaching and living at the National School, Sturminster Road, East Orchard.  Charles had enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service Nos. 8345, 0545, 5719210) and the 1911 Census shows he was stationed in Wanowrie Line, Poona, India.  He presumably returned to the UK before the outbreak of war as he was re-posted to India on 6 Nov 1914 until his eventual discharge when he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  The 1921 Census shows he was still serving at the time but by later electoral roll records he had returned to live at East Orchard until the 1939 Register shows him living at 7 Langley Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, and working as a Cinema Doorman.  He died in the Portsmouth area in 1957. His brother Alfred John (b.1895) also served in the war, with the Gloucestershire Regiment and the Royal Army Medical Corps. His half brother Reginald Claude Eldon (b.1898) was sadly killed in 1916 while attached to the Wiltshire Regiment in France.


Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
Reginald Claude Eldon Webb
Alfred John Webb