Browse Fellows


www Lives

Biographical entry Webb, William (1831? - 1890)

MRCS April 30th 1852; FRCS June 9th 1864; LM 1853; LSA 1852; FRCS Edin 1859; JP for Derbyshire.

27 August 1890
General surgeon


The son of a well-known surgeon practising at Barton-under-Needwood; was first apprenticed to his father and then studied at Queen's College, Birmingham, where he was a Warneford Scholar and Gold Medallist, and won medals in leading subjects. Although he began to pass examinations at the London University he did not graduate. After further study in Bristol, London, and Paris he was appointed House Surgeon to the Stafford Infirmary, and after two years settled in practice at Wirksworth, Derbyshire, where he became a successful country surgeon. He also served on the Local Board and was influential in obtaining sanitary improvements.

He was the Medical Officer of the Cottage Hospital from its foundation. At one time he was President of the Midland Branch of the British Medical Association and represented the Branch on the Council. In later life he gave up general practice and became a consultant with addresses at 42 St Mary's Gate, Derby, and at Gilken View House, Wirksworth.

Webb was operated upon in London for the removal of a vascular tumour from the urinary bladder, and died some time afterwards, on Aug 27th, 1890. He was survived by his widow and one son.

Webb made several contributions to medical journals and also wrote on the local archaeology of Wirksworth.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Prov Med Jour, Leicester, 1887, vi, 97, with portrait. Brit Med Jour, 1890, ii, 656].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England