Service Number: 183
Rank: Captain
Enlistment Unit: 12th Battalion
Transferred Unit: Not known or not applicable
Date of Enlistment: 20 August 1914
Enlistment Age: 19 years
Fate of person: Killed in action

Biographical Details

Harry Webber had been a fitter and turner with W.H. Knight, Invermay for five years before he enlisted in August 1914. He left Hobart on 20 October on the Geelong arriving in Egypt in December. He was among the first to land at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and was soon promoted to sergeant and then 2nd lieutenant. His war record in Gallipoli reveals a distressing catalogue of illness and disease that was rife among the troops - influenza, amoebic dysentery, pyrexia and pharyngitis. After returning to Egypt at the end of 1915, he was promoted before embarking for Marseilles and the Western Front in March 1916. At Ligny in February 1917 he was mentioned in dispatches but then received gunshot wounds to the back, arms and thigh. He was hospitalised in England but returned to the Front in November. By this time he had been promoted to captain. Early in 1918 he attended the army gas school but on 10 March during the Battle of Ypres he was killed by a direct hit from a 4.2 on his command post He was buried at the Spoilbank cemetery Belgium.

Details of the incident and location of the death of Captain Harry Webber

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