Arthur Webster and his brother Harry George were inseparable in life and died within a month of each other during the First World War. Arthur was the youngest son of George and Ada Webster of Seaton. He was born in Rutland in the summer of 1882. His father died when he was still a child and in 1908 his mother also died. As adults, Arthur and Harry moved to Coalville to work in the quarry there. They both married, they both had young sons and they both lived in the same street in the town. The brothers were called up in 1917 and on 17 July they enlisted together, into the North Staffordshire Regiment. They were sent to the Western Front on 2 October 1917 and a week later they transferred together to the 9th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. Arthur died just three weeks later on 28 October 1917, apparently from food poisoning during the Third Battle of Ypres, aged 35. He was probably treated in hospital near Poperinghe while the battalion was fighting near Polygon Wood. Harry was to die only four weeks after that, on 22 November, after the battalion had been withdrawn from the battle and sent to rest. Their billets were shelled by German artillery which managed a direct hit on one hut. The fortunes of war denied the brothers a shared resting place. Arthur lies in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium, grave XXII.H.7. Harry is buried near Bethune in France. After the war Arthur's wife Clara remarried and was living in Rock View Cottage, Battle Flat, Bardon Hill, Leicestershire. Arthur and Harry are not on Seaton's war memorial, and they are not mentioned in George Phillips' Rutland and the Great War. But they are remembered on Coalville's war memorial, their names side by side, together once again.
We are grateful to Shaun Webster, Harry's great grandson, for telling us about Arthur and providing much of our information.
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