Lieut. Col. Webber, C.E. RA. 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 fro m that date until the final evacuatio ns in Sept., including the superintendence and local direction of the execution of the orders for the breaking up of the 1st Div. and the formation of new columns, followed b y 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 Sekhukhuni, 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 Inspecto r-Gen., carries 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 Pretoria, to meet the General Officer
Commanding on his return from the Sekhukhuni expedition, with a view to precautionary measures in consequence of the disturbed state o f the Transvaal.
Extracts from Mackinnon & Shadbolt's South Africa Campaign of 1879