William was the son of Seth and Mary Webb He was born on the 3rd of June, 1892, and so was 22 when he enlisted very early on in the war on the 14th of August, 1914, at Opotiki. After leaving school he had worked as a sheep farmer. William joined the 1st Battalion of the Auckland Infantry Regiment as a Private and left with the Main Body of troops. He embarked in Auckland and left on the 16th of October, 1914, on either HMNZT8 or 12, the SS Star of India or the SS. Waimana headed for Suez. He served throughout the Gallipoli campaign and was among the last evacuated. He then served in Europe, fighting in France. The winter of 1917/18 was harsh and conditions in the Ypres Salient were appalling. The 1st Battalion was involved in working parties and 'schools' for further training. THe men took up quarters near Belgian Chateau. William was evacuated to hospital in Walton on Thames, suffering from Hepatitis and died of the disease on the 7th of December, 1917. He was buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England, Block VIII, Row C Grave 6.