Percival Francis WEBSTER

  • Date of Birth               9th July 1898, Westminster.
  • Domicile                      Percy and Mary Jane Webster, Woodman’s Cottage, Kinoulton Lane, Owthorpe
  • Regiment                    Sherwood Foresters (Notts. and Derbys. Regiment)
  • Battalion                     1st Battalion, C company, on 17 June 1918
  • Rank                            Private
  • Date of Death             7th October 1918. KIA
  • Battle SitRep              attacking Lambert Ally towards Fresnes-Rouvroy Line, Oppy Sector
  • Age at Death              20
  • Buried                         Duisans British Cemetry, Plot VII, row B, Grave 51


Born 9 July 1898 at 10 Edward Street, Westminster, London. His father Percy was born in Budby, Nottinghamshire in 1874 and worked as a groom, but in 1891 he was working as a general labourer, and may have moved to London to better himself. His mother Mary Jane was born in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire in 1873. His grandfather was born: Ollerton, and worked as a domestic house porter. Percival had a brother William Robert born 6 January 1900. In 1901 the family had moved to 26 Chapter Chambers, Westminster, London where their father was working as a porter for the GPO. Between 1901 and 1906 their father is presumed to have died, and in 1906 their mother remarried Percy’s brother, Charles Webster. In 1911 Percival and William were listed as nephews of Charles and lived at Woodman’s Cottage, Kinoulton Lane, Owthorpe, Nottinghamshire. Percival’s schooling was at the  Public Elementary School, Colston Bassett (pictured on the Colston Bassett page).
He enlisted in Nottingham, joining the Sherwood Foresters (Notts. and Derbys. Regiment) and joined the 1st Battalion, C company, on 17 June 1918. On 7th October 1918 he was wounded when attacking along Lambert Ally towards Fresnes-Rouvroy Line in the Oppy Sector, France.
He died 10th October 1918 aged 20 years and was buried in the Duisans British Cemetry, Plot VII, row B, Grave 51.
Charles Webster died in Owthorpe, aged 81 years on 7th April 1961. Mary Jane Webster died, in Owthorpe 19th April 1961 aged 88 years. She is believed to have lived the life of a recluse, never having got over the death of her son Percival.