WEBB, Gordon Geoffrey Henry

Rank: 
Captain
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Artillery
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
927568 & 126230
Capt Gordon Webb MC 4 Commando
Gordon Webb was called up for military service as a Gunner in the Royal Artillery on the 9th September 1939. [1]  However in 1936 at Trinity College he had completed the requirements  necessary for the Officers Training Corps and was therefore eligible for consideration for a commission which he received. [2]
 
In 1941 whilst a 2nd Lieutenant in No 4 Commando, Gordon Webb received a MiD  in recognition of distinguished services in connection with operations in the field during Operation Claymore

Citation

Lieutenant Webb had been detailed to seize the Post Office and the only hotel in Svolvaer. This he did with incredible speed and thoroughness, thus stopping all communications to the mainland from the former, and taking a number of important enemy personnel prisoner in the latter. Had it not been for his quick action, news of the raid would undoubtedly have reached Narvik before it did, with consequences which might have been fatal to our Forces. Recommended for the MC, received a MiD. [3]
 
On the 7th July 1942 it was announced In London Gazettes that the now Captain Gordon Webb had been awarded the MC in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the successful Combined Operations on the enemy occupied coast in the Boulogne area. [4]
 
In August 1942 he took part in Operation Jubilee and was awarded a bar to the MC  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined operations attack on Dieppe. 

Citation

Captain Webb  was wounded by mortar fire on the beaches (Dieppe) during the initial landing. His right arm became useless but he insisted in going forward and led the whole of his force across country to the concentration area to the rear of the German battery. In the final assault Capt. Webb led a bayonet charge, using a revolver and grenades with his left hand. His troops accounted for many of the enemy including several officers. [5]
 
There are recordings of interviews with him held at the IWM which are available online. [go to recordings.]
 
He was granted the honorary rank of Major with effect from his time of release from military service. [6]
 
The death of Major Gordon Geoffrey Henry Webb, MC and bar, of Hove, Sussex, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 92 issued March 1991.
 
Sources
[1] and [2] CVA Gallery entry, copies of documents. [view]
[3] London Gazettes Supp. 35020, page 7178 and CVA gallery entry.
[4] London Gazettes Supp. 35620, page 2971.
[5] London Gazettes Supp. 35729, page 4328 and CVA gallery entry. 
[6] CVA Gallery entry, Letter from War Office. [view]
 

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