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Biographical entry Webber, Alexander Moxon (1879 - 1947)

MRCS 12 November 1903; FRCS 14 June 1906; MB BS London 1903; MS 1905; LRCP 1903.

4 August 1879
Bedford, South Africa
26 October 1947
Sandown, Isle of Wight
General surgeon


Born on 4 August 1879 at Glen Lynden, Bedford, Cape Colony, South Africa, the seventh child and fourth son of Benjamin Webber, a landowner, and his wife Millicent Anne Nash. He was educated at St Andrew's College, Grahamstown, and came home to take his medical training at Guy's Hospital, where he served as house surgeon and obstetric registrar. He was also clinical assistant at the Great Ormond Street Hospital. After taking the Fellowship in 1906 he settled at Nottingham, in partnership with R C Chicken. He became in due course surgeon to the Children's Hospital and to the General Infirmary, and consulting surgeon to the Hospital for Women. During the war of 1914-18 he served as surgeon specialist at the 27th General Hospital from early 1915 till December 1916, first at Mudros for the evacuation of the Dardanelles and later at Abbasiah, Cairo. From 1917 he was surgeon to the 52nd Lowland casualty clearing station, East Africa, with the rank of major, RAMC. He was twice mentioned in despatches.

Webber was an active member of the British Medical Association. He was the representative of the Nottingham division at the annual representative meeting for eleven consecutive years, 1919-30; in 1922-25 he was secretary of the division and its chairman in 1931- 32. He also served on the BMA Council, and was general secretary when the Association met at Nottingham in 1926. He was president of the Nottingham Medico-chirurgical Society 1934-35. He retired in December 1945 to Sandown, Isle of Wight, where he died on 26 October 1947. He had married in 1909 Elizabeth Fullerton, who survived him with four daughters. For many years he suffered from Paget's disease of his leg. Webber was of great kindness and understanding, and though of retiring nature was a born administrator.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1947, 2, 798, with appreciation by R G Hogarth, CBE, FRCS; information from Mrs Webber].

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