Robert Ernest Webb
Serial No. 53569
1st Battalion & 53rd Battalion
Robert Ernest Webb - Information
Robert Ernest was born in Campbelltown on the 11th of November 1899. When the war began, he was living in Paddington on 183 Glenmore Rd, with his mother, Mary Wilkinson. Robert had completed a four year apprenticeship with W. J. Walker, becoming a baker. After he turned 18, he went to the Recruiting Depot in East Sydney on the 16th of February 1918 and joined the AIF. Robert commenced his training at the Royal Showground Camp and then at the M & D Depot in Liverpool. He was posted as a Private to the 1st Battalion Reinforcements. He was then sent to England onboard the HMAT Osterley, which departed Sydney on the 8th of May 1918.
Robert landed in Liverpool in early July and was marched out to the 14th Training Battalion. Here, he was allotted to the 53rd Battalion and was later sent to the Western Front. He was not in the lines long before the war ended on his 19th birthday. In 1919, Robert was back in England and in June was on duty with the Army Service Corps at Parkhouse. He was then sent home on the 3rd of September on the Barambah.