William Edward Webb

Leading Aircraftman - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves - Service No. 1331223

Background Information


22nd March 1925



Leading Aircraftman - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves - Service No. 1331223



14th August 1942 age 17

William Edward Webb was born on 22nd March 1925 in Dartford, Kent. His father was William J Webb, a Labourer, and his mother was Ellen E (née Cripps). The first school that he attended was Greenhithe Church of England School.

In 1936 William Webb joined The County School for Boys – now known as Gravesend Grammar School. The Head Master at that time was the Reverend Samuel Lister. The County School for Boys was located in Darnley Road, Gravesend close to the Railway Station (now the Victoria Centre for Education). In 1938 the School moved to brand new premises in Church Walk, Milton, Gravesend opposite to Milton Church.
The School’s Admission Register lists William’s address as 27 Providence Street, Greenhithe. Whilst at the School, William was in Cliff House. In September 1939, William accompanied the School when it was evacuated to Shipmeadow, between Beccles and Bungay, on the Suffolk/Norfolk border.
In 1940 William left the School and started work at the Co-Operative Store. In December 1941 he enlisted in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves, Service Number 1331223 as a Leading Aircraftman.
William went to Calgary, Canada for training, but was killed at one of the British training schools on 14th August 1942, on what was to be his final training flight before gaining his wings. William Webb was 17 years old. He is buried at Calgary (Burnsland) Cemetery, Alberta, Canada.

There are links below to Newspaper Clippings and Photographs from the Gravesend Grammar School Archives.
Below are links to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and a few other websites that might be of interest:

Calgary (Burnsland) Cemetery, Alberta, Canada