Pebbler Webster – hero of ‘Gravship Turbinia’ in real life

I’ve just this week published my latest local history article in the Walsall Chronicle newspaper, and it’s about Walsall’s, and at one time Britain’s, greatest aviator, S.N. ‘Pebbler’ Webster of the Royal Air Force.

As you may know, Webster features as a fictionalised character in my steampunk/alternative history story Gravship Turbinia, which is set in a very different Victorian England of 1897, so I thought my readers might find it interesting to discover something about the real Webster, who in 1927 became the fastest man in the world!

I’ve posted an image of the article below for your interest, but I will find the time later on to add the unedited and slightly longer version of the article, which has a few things in it which have been trimmed off by the Chronicle editor to fit his layout.  Click on the image for a larger version.

You can also read the published article in the Walsall Chronicle online edition via the following link:

http://www.expressandstar.com/free-editions/

It’s also in the Cannock Chronicle.

Anyway, I hope you find Webster as fascinating as I do – he really does deserve to be as famous in Walsall today as he was world-wide in 1927!

– Stuart Williams

Memory Lane article on Flt Lt Webster, Walsall Chronicle 13 Feb 2014 p12

Memory Lane article on Flt Lt Webster, Walsall Chronicle 13 Feb 2014 p12

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