John Webster, Private 14870, 2/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Killed in action 28th June 1917 in France
John Webster was born about 1895-6 in Glasgow. It is not known how he came to be in Macclesfield Industrial School but he left the school in 1910. By 1911, fifteen-year-old John was a brushmaker, lodging at West End, Netherthong, Huddersfield with Mr Ben Eastwood and his family, along with seventeen-year-old William Webster, also a brushmaker, believed to be John’s brother. Mr Eastwood was a brush manufacturer, and several of his children were also brushmakers. Brushmaking was one of a number of trades taught at Macclesfield Industrial School, so it seems likely that both John and William attended the school and learned to make brushes in the school workshops.
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At the time of his enlistment in Halifax John said he lived in Sheffield. After training, John was drafted to France on 13 May 1915.
Private John Webster is buried in Grave Ref. III. F. 27. of the Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy in France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private John Webster, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private John Webster is commemorated on the Macclesfield Industrial School war memorial. Elsewhere, he is commemorated on the Netherthong and Thongsbridge plaque of the Holme Valley war memorial in the grounds of the Holme Valley Memorial Hospital, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth.