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|Lieutenant Colonel G. A. C. Webb. D. S. O. - The Royal Munster Fusiliers.|
||Summary of Events and Information
|7th Oct 1869.
||The birth of George Ambrose Congrieve Webb, son of the Rev. Ambrose Congrieve Webb M.A. and Mrs Augusta Webb nee Townsend of Ballynakill Dysartgallen Queens County, Ireland. Informant: Hannah Randall, present at birth, 22 Upper Erne Street. George was educated at Chard, Somerset, England and at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
|29th Mar 1890.
||Commissioned 2ND Lieut into the 1st Bt The Royal Munster Fusiliers. George joined his new regiment at their base in Colchester, England.
||Army List 1890.|
|1st Apr 1892.
||Promoted to the Rank of Lieutenant. The regiment had now been deployed to Dublin, Ireland. George was beginning to travel in The Empire and see the world!!!
||Army List 1892.|
|31st Jul 1895
27th Feb 1899.
|Lieutenant Webb took up the appointment of Battalion Adjutant 1ST Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers and held this post for 3 ½ years. Whilst serving as Adjutant he was promoted to the Rank of Captain on 1stNov 1898. In 1895 The 1st Battalion was deployed to the Curragh County Kildare and remained there until 1897 when they were redeployed to Fermoy County Cork. The mundane task of policing “The Empire” on the home front was too much for the ambitious George and after nearly nine years service in home postings, he successfully volunteered to be seconded to the Egyptian Army (E.A.) and on 23rd Feb 1899 Capt. Webb embarked on The Arabia in the port of Marselles, France bound for Alexandria, Egypt.
|28th Feb 1899
31st May 1901.
|There was never a shortage of officers for the Egyptian Army (E.A.). For impecunious and ambitious young officers E.A. service offered considerably higher pay, the chance of active service, plenty of sport and at least while on leave, the joy’s of the flesh-pots of Cairo and Alexandria. Furthermore, instant if temporary promotion went with the job. Few British officers held a rank lower than Binbashi (Major) except officers commissioned from the ranks. With these inducements the authorities could afford to be selective and on the whole, only first rate officers were chosen. Officers with impeccable records, high standards of achievement in horsemanship, musketry and other martial arts, were eligible. While serving with the E.A. Capt. Webb took part in the Nile River Expedition of 1899 and was involved in operations at Shukaba, Blue Nile.He was also involved In the capture and eventual execution of the Third Khalifa Mohamed Sherif (The Mahdi’s son-in-law) and two of The Mahdi’s sons who were accused of instigating rebellion.
From the 1st Apr 1900 to 31st Dec 1900 he was Assistant Military Secretary (A. M. S.) to The Sirdar (Commander in Chief) of Egyptian Army, who at this time was Colonel Sir Francis Reginald Wingate. On the 5th Jun 1901 Capt. Webb was struck of strength of the E.A. and in the port Alexandria embarked on The Sennegal. He was bound for South Africa via Marselles, France and England. George had been selected for special service in South Africa (The Boer War).
- Egypt Medal with Clasp
- Khedives Star
- Order of Medjidie 4th Class
|Soldiers Of the Nile By Henry Keown-Boyd.|
Army Lists 1898 and Army List 1905 Pt 2.
|1st Aug 1901
31st Dec 1901.
|On arrival in South Africa Capt. Webb was employed on special service with Rimingtons Guides also known as Rimingtons Tigers (A Mounted Infantry Regiment). Later renamed Damants Horse. During his time with this unit he took part in operations in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony and Cape Colony.
On the 20th Dec 1901 Capt. Webb was dangerously wounded at Tafel Kop. His wounds were eventually classed as equivalent to the loss of a limb and would temporarily end his military career.
I have enclosed a potted history of Rimingtons Guides / Tigers and Damants Horse in this section; it gives a good insight into what it was like to serve in this unit. Part 2. Pages 5 to 14. It also gives a good description of the action at Tafel Kop on the 20th Dec 1901, it was in this action that Capt. Webb earned his ”Mention in Despatches” and almost got himself killed. I have also included some maps covering the areas where Rimingtons Guides / Tigers and Damants Horse where operating during the time that Capt Webb served with them. The Transvaal north and South also Orange River Colony north and south. I found this late in the day but thought it was well worth including. This chapter covers The Spring Campaign (September – December, 1901) pages 12 to 14 give a detailed account of the engagement at Tafel Kop. I have placed this as ANNEX A to Part 2.Although Rimingtons guides / Tigers were well respected and could be regarded as an elite force by today’s standards, they would it seems have a darker side. On 11th Feb 1900 the very first day of Roberts great march, a farm at Ramdam was looted and set on fire by the advance guides, who left their nickname, Tiger’s scrawled on the door. The Tigers were none other than Rimingtons Guides, to whom the articulate and middle class Capt. L. March-Phillipps was proud to belong. Rimingtons Guides / Tigers became notorious for this kind of activity and while distancing himself by his description of the “slum-bred” Tommy, Phillipps consigns the label gentleman’s war even further into the dustbin. As for their instructions to explain the reasons why farms and homes were about to be burnt down, Capt. L. March-Phillipps and the Tigers seemed to need no such justification:
- Queens Medal with 5 Clasps. (1) South Africa 1901. (2) South Africa 1902. (3) Transvaal. (4) Orange River Colony. (5) Cape Colony.
- Mentioned in Despatches.
- South African Medal Roll for Damants Horse. Page 1 & Page 2
- London Gazette entry 1st Jan 1902.
- London Gazette entry, Lord Kitcheners mentions.
South Africa Colonial Forces by John Stirling
The Great Boer War By Arthur Conan-Doyle
The Boer War By T. Jackson.
|29th Jan 1902.
||Promoted to the Rank of Brevet Major.
||Army List 1903/453.|
|29th Jul 1902.
||Br. Maj. G. A. C. Webb married Hilda Dynely Schreiber born 14th Dec 1872 the daughter of Lt. Col. P. B. Schreiber, at the parish church Kensington, London.They had two sons. I tried to get a line on Hilda for back round information but I could not find an entry of birth in England or Wales!!
Creagh & Humphris.
|1902 To 1905.
||This must have been a difficult time for the newly married couple as on the 9th Sept 1903 George was placed on Half - Pay (H.P.) and remained on H.P. until retirement on 27th Jun 1905 as a result of the wounds he received in action. George had been granted a wound pension in 1902 of £100 per annum and a gratuity of 12 months pay, this had now been made permanent. He was also granted retired pay of £150 per Annum and on the 28th Jun 1905 he retired from the Army. (medically unfit Neuritis right arm) Br. Maj. Webb was placed on the list of Reserve of Officers. (Royal Munster Fusiliers).
4th Aug 1914.
|George firstly took up employment with the Records Office of the South Irish Grouped Regimental District Cork in Jun 1905. With a consolidated pay of £350 per annum a position he did not, hold for long. As in 1906 he was appointed Commandant and Secretary to The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, a position he held until he was recalled to The Colours in 1914.
|5th Aug 1914
30th Apr 1918.
|On the 5th Aug 1914 he was ordered by telegraph to take up the duties of Deputy Assistant Adjutant & Quarter Master General (D.A.A. & Q.M.G.), 16th (Irish) Division. In the rank of Temporary Lieutenant Colonel.
He was appointed A.A. & Q.M.G. just before the Division proceeded overseas.In Apr 1915 George tried unsuccessfully despite pulling strings to join the Royal Flying Corps. The then G.O.C. 16th (Irish) Division Lieutenant General Sir Lawrence Parsons would not let him go.
On the 10th May 1915 was promoted to the rank of Major.
On the 19th Dec 1915 landed in France he served with the 16th (Irish) Division until 28th Apr 1918 When he was appointed A.Q.M.G. and posted to IX Corps. An appointment he did not take up.
On the 12th Dec 1917 at Buckingham Palace Lieutenant Colonel G.A.C. Webb was invested into The Distinguished Service Order by His Majesty King George V.
On the 1st Jan 1918 promoted Brevet Lieutenant ColonelOn the 18th Apr 1918 he was evacuated to Casualty Clearing Station 62. This C.C.S was located at Bandagsehem / Watten and was known as the 1/2 London C.C.S. On the 19th Apr 1918 he was evacuated to No 8 British Red Cross Hospital. This Hospital was located at Boulogne and was known as The Baltic & Corn Exchange Hospital!
On the 30th Apr 1918 he was evacuated to England on board the S.S. Cambria, Boulogne to Dover. He was suffering from Cystitis (Bacilli Coli in the Bladder). The SS Cambria was built in 1897 for the Holyhead – Dublin run (1842 tons). It was requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1914 as an Armed Boarding Steamer. In 1915 she was converted to a hospital ship. She had been owned by The L & N W Railway.
National Maritime Museum
|27th May 1918.
||Attends Medical Board at The Prince of Wales Hospital for Officers Marylebone N, W. 1. The Board recommended three weeks leave and a further review in three months.
|16th Oct 1918.
14th Dec 1918.
|On discharge from sick he was appointed Commanding Officer 16th Officer Cadet Battalion, stationed at Kinmel Park, Rhyl, North Wales. Lieutenant Colonel G.A.C. Webb D.S.O. was to hold this appointment until he was demobilised and returned to the reserve 25th Jun 1919.
London Gazette entry 1st Jan 1917. This entry covers the award of the D.S.O. I have as yet been unable to find a citation.
- Distinguished Service Order.
- British War Medal.
- Victory Medal.
- 1914 – 1915 Star
- Mentioned in Despatches (twice)
Medal Index Card.
|25th Jun 1919.
||Demobilised to unemployment he was granted the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserve of Officers. (Royal Munster Fusiliers). On the 12th Feb 1919 George made a play for his old job at Kilmainham however before the issue was resolved he was offered the position of Chief of Police, Great Northern Railways starting on the 25th Jun 1919 and requested that his application for the post at Kilmainham be cancelled.
|13th Apr 1921.
||An application was made on behalf of George by The Great Northern Railway, Kings Cross Station, London, requesting that he be exempt from military service during the present emergency (Ireland!!!). As his services were needed by them. On the 16th Apr 1921 the War Office (Army Council) granted this exemption.
|8th Nov 1922.
||The Royal Munster Fusiliers was disbanded and George was transferred to the Reserve of Officers General List, Infantry.
|7th Oct 1924.
||Having attained the age limit of liability for recall to the Colours Lt. Col. Webb D.S.O. was removed from The Reserve of Officers List.
|13th May 1942.
||After a long and very distinguished career in both Military and Civilian life, Lieutenant Colonel George Ambrose Congrieve Webb D.S.O. Died aged 72 years and 7 months. Where George died is a mystery to me he is not listed in England or Wales. He may have retired to, or returned home (Ireland) to escape The Blitz!!