Rifleman Archie William Webb

Thank you to Jane Anthony for the following research.

Archie William Webb was born in 1895 at Capel. His grandfather was bailiff at Cudmore Farm, where his father had also worked. Although the Webb family had lived in the area for several generations, Archie’s mother, Louisa was a Londoner and by 1901 the family had moved to Shoreditch where his father worked as a confectioner. Ten years later the family had moved to Dalston where they had a grocer’s shop, although Archie then 16 was employed as a hotel page boy

It is not certain when he enlisted, but initially, he was in the 9th London Regiment which later became the 9th (County of London) Battalion (Queen Victoria’s Rifles).

He was killed in action at the battle of Langemarke on 26th September 1917. Throughout that month, his Battalion had been involved in maintaining the front line trenches getting them ready for the impending attack, and going out on night patrols to check for suspected occupied post in No Man’s Land. It is probable that Rifleman Archie Webb was one of four men killed on the night patrol of 26th September.

He is buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery at West Vlaanderan Belgium.


Born Capel, Surrey
Regiment 9th Battalion, County of London Regiment
Number 391421
Date of Death 26th September 1917
Place of Death Langemarke, Belgium
Cause of Death Killed in action
Age 22
Cemetery Tyne Cot Cemetery, West Vlaanderan Belgium
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