Henry Cadzow Webster
- Born: 22 Jun 1891, Clare, South Australia, Australia
- Marriage (1): Grace Jessie Lloyd on 29 Oct 1927 in Iron Mine, South Australia, Australia
- Died: 9 Dec 1938, Kooringa (now Burra), South Australia, Australia at age 47
- Buried: Burra Cemetery, Burra, South Australia, Australia
Henry enlisted in the A.I.F. on 4 April 1916 at Burra in South Australia. He was almost 25 years old and a Farmer. He listed his father, also a farmer, as his next of kin. He was described as 5 feet 5 1/2 inches tall, weight 133 lbs with a chest measurement of 36-38 inches. He had a fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair. His religion was recorded as Methodist.
Henry was assigned to A Coy, 32nd Battalion as a Private. On the 12 August 1916 he embarked on the Ballarat disembarking in Plymouth, England on the 30 September 1916. In England he was assigned to the 12th Training Battalion in Codford and by February of 1917 he was on his way to France on the Victoria to join the 32nd Battalion. In early 1917, the German Army withdrew to the Hindenburg Line allowing the British front to be advanced and the 32nd Battalion participated in the follow-up operations. The battalion subsequently missed the heavy fighting to breach the Hindenburg Line during the second battle of Bullecourt as the 8th Brigade was deployed to protect the division's flank. The only large battle in 1917 in which the 32nd Battalion played a major role was Polygon Wood, fought in the Ypres sector in Belgium on 26 September.
Unlike some AIF battalions, the 32nd had a relatively quiet time during the German Spring Offensive of 1918 as the 5th Division was largely kept in reserve. The Allies launched their own offensive with the battle of Amiens on 8 August, in which the 32nd Battalion participated. It was subsequently involved in the operations that continued to press the retreating Germans through August and into September. The 32nd fought its last major action of the war between 29 September and 1 October when the 5th and 3rd Australian Divisions and two American divisions attacked the Hindenburg Line across the top of the 6-kilometre-long St Quentin Canal tunnel; the canal was a major obstacle in the German defensive scheme. Source AWM, http://www.awm.gov.au/units/unit_11219.asp
On 23 April 1919 Henry left France for England and by 10 June 1919 he was on his way back to Australia on board the Port Lyttleton, disembarking on the 5 August 1919. He was discharged from the army on 21 September 1919.
Henry was the recipient of the British War Medal No. 15595, and the Victory Medal No. 15560.
Henry married Grace Jessie Lloyd, daughter of William Henry Lloyd and Johanna Conway, on 29 Oct 1927 in Iron Mine, South Australia, Australia. (Grace Jessie Lloyd was born on 10 Sep 1902 in Hundred of Morgan, South Australia, Australia, died on 12 Jun 1982 and was buried on 15 Jun 1982 in Burra Cemetery, Burra, South Australia, Australia.)