William Reginald Webb
Serial No. 1530
7th Light Horse Regiment
William Reginald Webb - Information
William Reginald Webb was a member of a large family that came from Ingleburn. He was born in Campbelltown in 1894, and when he was older, served in the Cadet Force and eventually became a grazier. When the war began, William was living in Radleigh Park, Pokataroo with his family. At the age of 21, he joined the Light Horse at Moree on the 2nd of August 1915. After training, William was shipped out from Sydney on the 2nd of November 1915 on the HMAT Euripides.
Arriving in Egypt in mid December, he was taken on strength to the 7th Light Horse Regiment at Maadi. In February 1916, William marched out to Serapeum and from there, began patrolling for Turkish forces. On the 3rd of August 1916 at Bir el Maler, he was wounded in action when a bullet struck his hand. He was rushed to the 3rd Australian General Hospital in Cairo, and on the 26th of August, was admitted to the Convalescence Hospital in Montazah. In mid September, he joined the 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment. However, the bullet wound seemed to cause some problems with his hand function and he was destined for lighter duties. By the end of December, he was allotted duty with the Australian Base Post Office in Kantara. William served with the Post Office throughout the war and was made a Postal Orderly in June 1918. In March 1919, he was granted leave in England, where he attended a Motor Training Institute. When his tour ended, William was sent home in September 1919 and was discharged from military service.