MARCHING ON: Bruce Webb and other former members of the 49th will lead the military contingent of Brisbane's Anzac March.
MARCHING ON: Bruce Webb and other former members of the 49th will lead the military contingent of Brisbane's Anzac March. Barclay White

How Bruce’s grandfather was saved

BRUCE Webb always knew the story of how his grandfather was presumed dead in the First World War before someone else's quick thinking saved his life.

He never knew the identity of the person who saved his grandfather, until now.

In the South Burnett Times last month, Bruce shared the story of how his grandfather, Lancolt 'Curly' Webb was presumed dead after he was severely injured by a German shell.

The story he heard growing up was that Lancolt's severely injured body was with the dead and was soon to be taken away before someone noticed a slight movement and realised he was alive.

Cattle farmer Mervyn Burow, who read the story, realised he knew more about the man who saved Lancolt's life - it was his uncle.

Mervyn, who lives near Bruce at Mount Stanley, had an uncle who served in the First World War and fought at the same battleground where Lancolt Webb was injured.

He remembers as a young boy, hearing his Uncle Eddie talking to his father about how he saved Lancolt 'Curly' Webb.

"Someone came past and said to Eddie that Curly Webb copped it and they are about to bury him," Mervyn said.

As the two were from the same rural area, Eddie went to look at his mate one last time.

"He said to Curly 'you beat me but I'll probably be the next to go'."

As he was about to walk off, he noticed a slight blink in his mate's eye and said "he's not dead".

Mervyn remembered the remarkable story and even met the man his uncle saved when he was still a child.

"He said to me 'by lord you come from a good family my boy'," Mervyn said.

Bruce was amazed to hear the other side of his grandfather's miraculous survival.

"It stunned me a little bit," Bruce said.

He said the story of his grandfather now had a deeper meaning, as it was a friend, from the same rural area, who ended up saving his life.

"It all hanged off the movement of an eyelid," he said.