• Eric Norman Webb

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Engineers
  • Major

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
  • Birth

    Lyttelton, New Zealand

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Sydney, NSW, Australia

  • Date of birth - 23 November 1889

    Saturday, 23 November 1889

  • Date of enlistment

    Wednesday, 29 September 1915

  • 2 October 1915 – Applied for a commission in the Engineers A. I. F.

    Saturday, 2 October 1915

  • 14 March 1916 – Embarked per HT Minneapolis from Alexandria, Egypt.

    Ahmed Zoayl Sq., Bab Sharqi WA Wabour Al Meyah, Qesm Bab Sharqi, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt
    Tuesday, 14 March 1916

  • 19 March 1916 - Disembarked in Marseilles, France.

    17 Rue de la Loge, 13002 Marseille, France
    Sunday, 19 March 1916

  • 1 April 1916 – Temporarily promoted to Lieutenant.

    Saturday, 1 April 1916

  • 1 May 1916 – Promotion to Lieutenant made permanent.

    Monday, 1 May 1916

  • 29 July 1916 – Promoted to Captain.

    Saturday, 29 July 1916

  • 4 October 1916 – Temporarily promoted to Major.

    Wednesday, 4 October 1916

  • 20 February 1917 – Wounded (shell shock) in the field, near Doullens, France

    6-14 Rue Catherine Garcin, 80600 Doullens, France
    Tuesday, 20 February 1917

  • 21 February 1917 – Admitted with shell shock to hospital, Doullens, France

    Wednesday, 21 February 1917

Stories and comments
    • Enduring shell shock
    • Posted by NAAadmin, Monday, 28 July 2014

    Eric Norman Webb first appears in Commonwealth records as a member of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911–13 as chief magnetician. New Zealand-born, Webb studied engineering at Canterbury University, and enlisted in the 7th Company of Engineers to make use of his existing skills. Webb’s experience during World War I shows that shell-shock could be crippling, no matter how adventurous and challenging the soldier’s life was before war. Shell-shock was ill-defined during World War I, but could manifest in symptoms such as panic, insomnia, dizziness and amnesia. Variations in symptoms could also affect whether medical staff considered shell shock to be ‘physical’ and thus an injury or wound, or ‘nervous’ and therefore a sickness. Generally, ‘nervous’ shell-shock resulted in a soldier being sent back to the frontline a lot sooner. Webb’s shell-shock was marked as ‘wounded in action’ – meaning he likely presented with symptoms following an attack or battle.

    • Military Cross
    • Posted by NAAadmin, Monday, 28 July 2014

    Distinguished Service Order – ‘During operations near Peronne from 29th to 31st August, 1918, he displayed the greatest courage, skills and powers of leadership and organisation in constructing and repairing bridges for crossing the Somme, under continuous shell and machine-gun fire. He also carried out valuable reconnaissances on water supply and roads up to the front line to assist the advance, and throughout this period his untiring efforts and determination contributed in a large measure to the success of the operations.’