WW1 Medal Groups
1914 Mons Star Medal Group, Royal Field Artillery - Named To Webb
WW1 1914 Mons Star medal group awarded to 27080 Driver George Edward Webb, Royal Field Artillery.
The details of his awards are as follows:
1914 Star (with Mons clasp) named to 27080. DVR. G. E. WEBB., R.F.A.
British War Medal and Victory Medal named to 27080. DVR. G. E. WEBB., R.A.
The medals are court mounted and Included with this listing is a printed copy of the two separate Medal Index Cards (which also confirms the clasp and roses) to this man which can also be viewed by clicking on here and by clicking on here (if you have access to Ancestry). I have been unable to identify any service records relating to this man.
Webb was a regular solider before the outbreak of WW1 and served with the 7th Divisional Ammunition Column RFA which supported the 7th Infantry Division. The 7th Division was a Regular Army formation that was formed in September 1914 by combining units returning from garrison outposts in the British Empire at the outbreak of the First World War the previous month.
The division landed at Zeebrugge in Belgium on the 6th October 1914, in an attempt to support the Belgian Army’s defence of Antwerp, but was soon forced to retreat south-west as that city fell a few days later. It then played a crucial part in the stabilization of the front during the First Battle of Ypres, preventing a German breakthrough, although at a high cost in terms of casualties.
The 7th Division fought in most of the major battles on the Western Front through to 1917 before being sent to the Italian Front for the remainder of the war.
At the battle of Loos in late 1915, the division’s General Officer Commanding (GOC), Major-General Thompson Capper, was killed in action at the height of the fighting. Unlike the first six regular divisions of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), a third of whose strength was made up of regular reservists, the 7th Division was originally composed entirely of serving regular soldiers, which gave rise to the division's nickname, ‘The Immortal Seventh’. The history of the division can be viewed by clicking on here.
Included with this listing are Webb’s Medal Index Card(s) which not only confirm the clasp and roses, but also confirms that he entered France on the 6th October with the 7th Division. He served with the Divisional Ammunition Column which would have comprised of the following Personnel: 3 officers and 104 other ranks, Horses: 13 riding, 2 draught and 72 heavy draught and Transport: 1 two-horse carts, 16 four-horse wagons.
A detailed account of the 7th Divisional Ammunition Column can be viewed by clicking on here describing that they were directly involved in the First Battle of Ypres, and the Battles of Aubers, Festubert and Loos (in 1915) to name but a few.
His Medal Index Cards and Medal Roll entries indicate that he was discharged from the service on the 16th November 1915, he did not apply or receive a Sliver War Badge and there is no indication for the reason to his discharge.
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