Harry George Webster and his younger brother Arthur Webster were inseparable in life and died within a month of each other. Just two years apart in age, they grew up in Seaton, the youngest sons of George and Ada Webster. Their father died when they were both still young children and their mother died in 1908. Harry married Maud Annie Brown in March 1910 and the couple moved to Waterworks Street in Coalville, Leicestershire. A year later Arthur also married and went to live in the same road. The brothers worked in the quarries and when they were called up they both joined the North Staffordshire Regiment together before transferring to the 9th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. They went to training camp on 20 July 1917 and were sent to the Western Front on 2 October 1917. Arthur died just three weeks later during the Third Battle of Ypres, from food poisoning, while the battalion was fighting around Polygon Wood. Less than a month later Harry was killed. The battalion had been withdrawn to rest but their billets came under German artillery fire with one shell scoring a direct hit on one of the huts. But the brothers do not share a final resting place. While Harry is buried in Hersin Communal Cemetery Extension near Bethune in France, grave I.A.11, Arthur is buried near Poperinghe In Belgium. Neither brother is on Seaton's war memorial, but both are remembered in Coalville, their names side by side together on the town's war memorial.
We are grateful to Shaun Webster, Harry's great grandson, for telling us about him and his brother and providing much of our information.
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