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Biographical entry Webb, Sir John (1772 - 1852)

Knight Bachelor 1821; CB 1850; MRCS Feb 22nd 1817; FRCS Dec 11th 1843 one of the original 300 Fellows; FRCSI Sept 20th 1844; DL; JP.

25 October 1772
16 September 1852
General surgeon


The fourth son of John Webb, of Woodland Hill, Staffordshire, and afterwards of Dublin, by his wife, a daughter of Thomas Heath. He was born in Dublin on Oct 25th, 1772, and was appointed Assistant Surgeon March 17th, 1794; was promoted Regimental Surgeon on July 15th, 1795; Surgeon to the Forces on March 1st, 1797; Field Inspector on April 10th, 1801; Deputy Inspector-General on May 30th, 1802; Inspector on July 3rd, 1809; Inspector-General on Nov 20th, 1809; and Director-General of the Ordnance Medical Department on Aug 1st, 1813.

He served on the Continent under the Duke of York from April, 1794, to May, 1795; in the West Indies from November, 1795, to June, 1798; at the Helder from August to November, 1799; in the Mediterranean and Egypt from August, 1800, to Apri1, 1806; in the Baltic from July to November, 1907; and at Walcheren from July to September, 1809. He was thus present at the action of Lannoi on May 17th and 18th, 1794; at the siege of Morne Fortuné; the capture of St Lucia; the expulsion of the Caribs from St Vincent in 1796; the capture of Trinidad and the descent on Porto Rico in 1797; at the reduction of the Helder and the capture of the Texel fleet in 1799; on the coast of Spain in 1800; in the Egyptian campaign in 1801, including the actions at the landing and those of March 13th and 21st; at the taking of Grand Cairo and all the subsequent operations; at the siege of Copenhagen and capture of the Danish fleet in 1807; and at the expedition to the Scheldt in 1809.

He received the Silver War Medal with one Clasp for Egypt, was knighted in 1821, elected a Knight of the Cross of Hanover in 1832, and made a Companion of the Bath in 1850, when he retired on full pay on April 1st. He was for many years a magistrate and Deputy Lieutenant for the county of Kent.

He married in 1814 Theodosia, the eldest daughter of Samuel Brandram, of Lee Grove, Kent, and had issue three children. He died on Sept 16th, 1852, at his residence, Chatham Lodge, Woolwich Common, and was buried in St Thomas's Church, Woolwich.

Narrative of Facts relative to the Repeated Appearance, Propagation and Extinction of the Plague among the Troops employed in the Conquest and Occupation of Egypt, 1801-3.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Dict Nat Biog, sub nomine et auct ibi cit. Sir Charles Cameron's History of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. Johnston's RAMC Roll, No 1429. Med Times and Gaz, 1852, ns, v, 301, 349].

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