George Webb

Nov 20, 1879

Born in Springbrook, Ontario


Nov 13, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 60036 (temporary number 245)

Ø  Next of kin given as Ann Heath, sister, Springbrook, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Stationary Engineer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 1 year in the 49th Hastings Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to “B” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “A” Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Aug 9, 1915

Promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Nov 27, 1915

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request


Sep 15, 1916

During the battle of the Somme, the 21st Battalion was assigned the objective of capturing the strongly defended German Headquarters in the sugar factory south of Courcelette, France.  The fighting was fierce and Private George Webb was killed in action.  His identifiable body was never recovered and his name is listed on the walls of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France for those killed during the war in France and have no known grave.


Following the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to George Heath, Springbrook, Ontario

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his sister, Mrs. Margaret Heath, at the same address

There was no Memorial Cross issued


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