Wilbert Lawrence "Squib" Webster

Thank you to Don Webster for providing the WW2 details

 

Apr 10, 1897

Born at Lanark Ontario to Ida Caroline and Wilbert James Webster.

 

Feb 28, 1910

Moved to Fenlon Falls to live with his cousin and was employed by him in a car dealership

 

Nov 9, 1914

Volunteered for service with the CEF at Kingston 

Sentenced to 1 day CB (Confined to Barracks) for “Answering back to NCO”

 

Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

      Number 60037 (temporary number 822)

      Next of kin given as Mrs WJ Webster, mother, of Lakefield Ontario

      Previous occupation given as Chauffeur

      Previous military experience given as the East Durham 46th Regiment and the 14th Regiment PWOR

      Assigned to “G” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company and employed as a Scout 

He lied about his age, stating that he was born in 1896, making him a year older than he actually was

 

Nov 30, 1914

Admonished for being late on parade

 

Dec 13, 1914

Sentenced to 2 days CB for “Improper conduct on a route march”

                           

May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec

 

May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent

 

May 25, 1915

Sentenced to 20 hours Extra Duties and 10 days CB for being absent from afternoon parade

 

Aug 29, 1915

Declared to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) at Midnight

 

Aug 31, 1915

Reported for duty from being AWL at noon and was sentenced to 14 days CB and 28 hours Extra Duty in addition to forfeiting 2 day’s pay

 

Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone

 

Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer 

In addition to his duties as a Scout, he was also employed as a Sniper’s Spotter

 

Mar 15, 1916

Absent from Billets and sentenced to 5 Extra Fatigue Duties

 

Mar 17, 1916

Left Fatigue Duty without permission and for that was sentenced to 10 hours Extra Fatigue Duty

 

Apr 30, 1916

Overstayed a pass by 2 hours and sentenced to 5 hours Extra Fatigue Duty 

On the same date he was Absent for Fatigue Duty and sentenced to 10 hours Pack Drill as punishment

 

Sep 15, 1916

During the attack at the Sugar Factory at Courcelette he was buried by a shell explosion and had to be dug out, but fortunately was not wounded

 

Sep 29, 1916

During an attack at the Regina and Courcelette Trenches, he was wounded by shrapnel in the right ear and admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance)

 

Oct 2, 1916

Transferred to No 9 CFA then discharged to duty

 

Dec 6, 1916

Granted 10 days leave

 

Dec 22, 1916

Rejoined the Battalion from leave

 

Jan 7, 1917

Sent on Course at the Divisional School

 

Jan 13, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from course

 

Feb 14, 1917

Attached to the 4th CIB (Canadian Infantry Brigade) as a Scout

 

Aug 24, 1917

Admitted to No 10 CFA diagnosed with Phlebitis

 

Sep 8, 1917

Discharged to duty from the CFA

 

Oct 13, 1917

Admitted to No 6 CFA diagnosed with PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is a fever without a known cause

 

Oct 14, 1917

Transferred to No 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)

 

Oct 17, 1917

Transferred to No 56 General Hospital at Etaples via No 6 AT (Ambulance Train)

 

Oct 25, 1917

Transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot

 

Oct 28, 1917

Transferred to No 3 Convalescent Depot at Le Treport

 

Nov 4, 1917

Discharged from hospital and sent to No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples and assigned to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness

 

Nov 8, 1917

Left No 2 CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Calonne Ricouart

 

Nov 9, 1917

Left the CC Rein C to join the 21st Battalion

 

Nov 19, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion at Camblain L’Abbe.  The delay in joining the Battalion was because of the heavy fighting at Passchendaele and the reinforcements were held up at Poperinghe waiting for the Battalion to come out of the fighting

 

Nov 9, 1918

Slightly wounded but remained with the Battalion after receiving first aid

 

Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion marched across the Bonn Bridge as the first Allied Battalion to enter Germany as a unit to form the Occupying Force following the war

 

Dec 20, 1918

Granted 14 days leave

 

Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Havre France

 

Apr 4, 1919

Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Witley Camp 

TOS “P” Wing at Witley pending return to Canada

 

May 13, 1919

Embarked the RMS Caronia at Liverpool

 

May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario

 

May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario. 

On discharge he was issued the Class “A” War Service Badge for service at the front number 279727.  Rank on discharge Private. 

His medals were sent to him at a later date.  They included 

1914-15 Star

British War Medal

Victory Medal 

Post war he lived in Lakefield and became a member of their Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Citizen’s Band.  He rose to the rank of Fire Chief in Lakefield

 

May 11, 1925

He resigned the position of Fire Chief in order to move to Dundas Ontario for employment with the Kaustine Odorless Chemical Toilet Company

 

Jun 21, 1927

Married to Gwendolyn Doreen Simpson at Toronto Ontario

 

Lieutenant W. L. Webster: Service Number 16975 — ACTIVE SERVICE (World War II)

When Wilbert Lawrence Webster joined the Canadian Active Service Force (CASF) {in Dundas,
Ontario} on the November 13, 1940 he was married to Gwendolyn and living at 117 Park St.
Dundas,Ontario. Wilbert Lawrence was 43 years old, a member of the Church of England, and gave his occupation as an "Electrical Automatic Control Expert". He indicated that he had served with the 102nd Field Battery Non-Permanent Active Militia (N.P.A.M.) and at the time was a Lieutenant (as of January 2, 1933) and, of course, had served in the First World War from November 9, 1914 to May 24, 1919 with the 21st Battalion (Bn), CEF. His service number was 60037.

Wilbert Lawrence Webster, as an Acting Captain, requested appointment to the 1st Bn Lincoln and
Welland Regiment (Regt), CASF with the rank of Lieutenant (Lt) as a Platoon Officer, he was appointed to the 1st Rifle Company, Military District (MD) #2, Niagara Camp, on November 13, 1940. From there he moved to Military District (MD) #11, Vancouver Camp, on May 12, 1941. Lt Webster then moved back to MD #2 and subsequently was struck-off-strength (SOS) from the Lincoln and Welland Regt on  September 10, 1941. Following this he was taken-on-strength (TOS) to No 2 District Depot, Toronto on September 11, 1941 and then to A#11 Infantry (Active) Training Centre [I(A)TC], Borden Ontario on September 24, 1941.

On December 4, 1941 Lt Webster ceased to be attached to the Lincoln & Welland Regiment on being posted to the Home War Establishment (HWE), A#11 I(A)TC, Borden Ontario from No. 2 District Depot (DD). On May 25, 1942 he took his release from the #2 District Depot, Toronto Ontario, and returned to his reserve status. Over this 18 month period he had achieved qualification on a Vickers Machine Gun Course, a Light Machine Gun Course and Driver Motorcycle (M/C) [January 5, 1942].  He also Qualified as Driver (Wheeled & Track) III.

While no reason was given for Lt Webster to retire from the CASF, perhaps he was deemed "too old" (45 years old) to be deployed overseas.

Lt Wilbert Lawrence Webster was presented the following medals:
The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; and
The War Medal 1939-45.

 

Nov 16, 1974                                           Died at Dundas Ontario


Hillside Cemetery
Lakefield ON
 

 


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