John Thomas Webb
Serial No. 1113
12th Light Horse Regiment
John Thomas Webb - Information
When the war commenced, John Thomas Webb was living in Maryfield on Lithgow St in Campbelltown. He was working as an overseer and resided with his parents, Edward Frederick and Sarah Webb. When John was 23 years old, he joined the military on the 3rd of April 1915 at the Liverpool Light Horse Depot. He then left Sydney Harbour on the 5th of October 1915 as a Trooper with the 5th Reinforcements, 12th Light Horse Regiment onboard the HMAT Themistocles.
John disembarked in Egypt, and was taken on strength to the 12th Light Horse Regiment in February 1916 at Heliopolis. John and his unit fought Turkish forces protecting the Suez Canal and commenced patrols into the Sinai Desert. In April 1917, his unit participated in attacks during the Second Battle of Gaza, a well fortified base in Palestine. In late August, he was marched out for guard duty at Khan-Yunis, and in September, completed duty at the Port Said Rest Camp. He was then assigned duty with Division Headquarters from April to May 1918. John rejoined his Regiment, as they launched an attack towards Damascus. John fought alongside his mates until Turkey surrendered on the 30th of October. In 1919, John was stationed to Egypt, where he was appointed Lance Corporal on the 7th of March. In early May, he was promoted to Temporary Corporal and later full Corporal. At the end of the month, he was placed on guard duty at AIF Headquarters in Cairo. Receiving his travel orders, he set sail from Kantara on the 20th of July and was discharged in October.