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PostSubject: Major Charles Edmund Webber, Royal Engineers   Sat 13 Feb 2010 - 10:45

Date of Birth - 5th September 1838.
First Appointment - Lieutenant - Royal Engineers - 20th April 1855
Captain - Royal Engineers - 1st April 1862
Major - Royal Engineers - July 1872
Lieutenant-Colonel - Royal Engineers - 24th January 1880
Colonel - Army - 24th January 1884
Instructor of Musketry Surveying Etc., Royal Military Academy - 12th October 1861 to 2nd May 1867
Special Service, South Africa - 30th May 1879 to 24th February 1880
A. A. & Q. M. G. Expeditionary Force, Egypt - 18th August 1882 to 23rd October 1882
He passed the Staff College in 1874
The date of Nomination for his C. B. was 18th November 1882
ndian Mutiny - 1857-8 - Siege of Chandaree, siege and storming of Jhansi, battle of Betwa, action at Koonch, operations before and capture of Calpee Gwalior, operations in Central India against Man Singh, Roop Singh, and Feroze Shah. Despatches, London Gazette, 17th and 28th July 1858. Medal with Clasp.
South African War - 1879 - Zulu Campaign, as A. A. and Q. M. Gen., also in the operations against Sekukuni in the Transvaal. Mentioned in Despatches. Medal with Clasp.
Egyptian Expedition - 1882 - A. A. and Q. M. G., Headquarters - in charge of the telegraph lines. Battle of Tel-el-Kebir. Despatches, London Gazette, 2nd November 1882. Medal with Clasp; bronze star; C. B.; 3rd class Medjidie.

He accompanied Sir G. Wolseley to Natal in May, 1879. Was appointed A.A.G. and A.Q.M.G. of lines of communications under Major-Gen. Clifford on 28th June. Was Senior Staff Officer for the lines from Natal through Western Zululand from that date until the final evacuations in Sept., including the superintendence and local direction of the execution of the orders for the breaking up of the 1st Divis. and the formation of new columns, followed by the final evacuations and removal of the army and all its material from the forts and positions of Zululand and on the frontier of Natal. In the same position was the executive officer of the Inspector-Gen. for the lines of communications in the operations against Sekukuni, superintending and directing the removal of the vast accumulations of stores and transport from Zululand and the Utrecht district to the N.E. of the Transvaal; and finally, under the orders of the Inspector-Gen., carried out the instructions of the General Officer Commanding, so that all available troops distributed over the Utrecht district were concentrated on the 12th Dec., 1879, with three months' provisions and stores at Praetoria, to meet the General Officer Commanding on his return from the Sekukuni expedition, with a view to precautionary measures in consequence of the disturbed state of the Transvaal.

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PostSubject: Re: Major Charles Edmund Webber, Royal Engineers   Mon 9 Apr 2012 - 14:55

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"Major-General Charles Edmund Webber, C.B. (1833-1904); passed through the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; Lieutenant Royal Engineers, 1855; served throughout the campaign of 1858 in Central India under Sir Hugh Rose, and was present at the siege and storming of Chandaree, and was in charge of the only successful ladder party at the escalade of the Jhansie, where he was one of the officers who led the assault; also present at the actions of Betwa, Koonch, Goolowlee and before and the subsequent capture of Calpee; present in the pursuit of Tantia Topee and Feroze and Shar (Three times Mentioned in Despatches, including twice in those of Brigadier Stuart, Commanding 1st Brigade Central India Field Force, London Gazette 17.7.1858 and 28.7.1858); Captain 1862; Major 1872; accompanied Sir G. Wolseley to South Africa on special service May 1879, and served to the end of the war as Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General of the Western Lines of Communication (praised for his services in a letter from Wolseley, dated 29.12.1879); served in a similar capacity in the Transvaal during the operations against Sekukuni; Lieutenant-Colonel 1880; Colonel 1884; served in Egypt as Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General at Headquarters in charge of Telegraph Lines and was present at the Battle of Tel- El-Kebir (C.B.; Mentioned in Sir Garnet Wolseley’s Despatches, London Gazette 2.11.1882; Order of Medjidieh, 3rd class, London Gazette 17.11.1882); Wounded by shell explosion at the fire of Cairo railway station (Papers refer); retired Honorary Major-General 1885; co-founder with Sir F. Bolton of the Institution of Electrical Engineers."
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