Private Papers of Lieutenant Commander A G G Webb OBE RN
Extensively illustrated printed biography (52pp), compiled by his younger son in 2008, containing a chapter covering his service as a Special Entry officer in the Royal Navy from 1914 until he became a victim of the Geddes Axe in 1923, including a transcript of his own contemporary account of his experiences as a midshipman in the battlecruiser HMS INDOMITABLE (3rd Battle Cruiser Squadron, Grand Fleet) at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May – 1 June 1916 with interesting references to his disappointment at its outcome and the abuse directed at men of the Grand Fleet when they went ashore after the battle; and another chapter describing his recall to the Royal Navy on the outbreak of the Second World War and reproducing his own account of his service in September – October 1939 as the officer in command, in HMT SAON, of a group of trawlers requisitioned in Hull and based on Dover for anti-submarine duties. The biography, which also covers his employment from 1923 – 1939 as, successively, a schoolmaster, colonial education officer in Nigeria and secretary of Leicestershire County Cricket Club and his employment from 1940 – 1961 with the British Sailors' Society and the King George's Fund for Sailors, includes copies of several of his excellent sketches done during his first spell of naval service, notably of the sinking of the cruiser HMS DRAKE on 2 October 1917 as seen from the destroyer HMS PELICAN.
Military conflict took place during every year of the 20th Century. There were only short periods of time that the world was free of war. The total number of deaths caused by war during the 20th Century has been estimated at 187 million and is probably higher.