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Frederick William Webb

Married to Alice Alexander§between the 1881 and 1901 censuses.

1901 census - aged 34 - living at 19 Somerley Street, Wandsworth, Laundryman Wash, at home with Alice, Frederick & Edward (sons)

Frederick was a drinker and a gambler and in 1907, due to his gambling debts, he sold the business over Alice's head. They moved to Robsart Street. Frederick's spinster sister, Bessie, then financed the family getting a house in St Matthew's Road (no. 36), saying it was the 'last she would do' to help him. Frederick went to look at the house at 36 St Matthew's Road. Next door, no. 38 was an empty chapel and St Matthew's School was just along the road. They moved in and had to get permission to make a galley for the water to run through for the laundry. There was a big room which they used as an ironing room, a small drying room and they used copper baths to wash the clothes.

Fred died aged 82. He is interred at Wandsworth cemetery, grave no 576442


Their children:

Frederick William (Will) Webb

Born 1891, Twickenham, Middlesex

living with his parents and brother Eddie at 19 Somerley Street, Wandsworth at 1901 census (aged 10)

older than Bessie by 11 years
Known as Will

Suffered from epilepsy.

Died 25 Feb 1940, aged 49, interred at Wandsworth cemetery

Thomas Edward (Eddie) Webb

Born August 1892, Twickenham, Middx
Living at 19 Somerley Street, Wandsworth at 1901 census (aged 8)
Married
Gladys Pearson 20th Sept 1914, at St Saviour Parish Church, Brixton Hill, London

They had twin boys, Edward Thomas and Cecil Leonard

Profession: He had a butcher's shop in Brixton, then he was a soldier
Service details:
Rifleman 18161, 16th battalion Rifle Brigade
Died between 31st July and 5 Aug 1917 in WW1, killed by a sniper in Belgium. His name is on the Menin Gate, Ypres

Bessie Alexandra Webb§

Born: 11th Feb 1902

Died: 21 Jun 2001, Tulse Hill London

Singer / Performer in various theatre companies, UK and internationally.

Married Stephen Lopez§ in 1927


Ronald James Webb

born: 10 Feb 1911, 38 Church Road, Brixton

married Elsie Pye 20th June 1936
She died before him.
No children.
profession: Laundry Carman
He inherited the laundry after the death of his father. His sister Bessie was furious and barely spoke to him again.
He came to a family christening in 1959.