A fine South Africa Boer War and Great War group awarded to Lieutenant H.G. Webb, 11th Service Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment and Army Clothing Department, late Sergeant with the 4th Battalion, Rifle Brigade, who was educated at Oxford High School around the same time as the future Lawrence of Arabia, served during the Boer War in 1902 on operations in the Cape Colony and Orange Free State, and during the Great War, having been a Company Sergeant Major with the 23rd Service Battalion - 1st Sportsmans, Royal Fusiliers, was then commission in June 1915, and saw service with the 11th Yorks and Lancs out on the Western Front from 16th December 1915. Possibly wounded he then joined the 1st Garrison Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment and left for India in February 1916, where from March 1917 he was transferred to the Army Clothing Department, being appointed temporary Assistant Superintendent of the Army Clothing Department at Madras, and was then put in sole charge of establishing new army clothing factories in both Rangoon and Karachi.
Queens South Africa Medal, three clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, South Africa 1902; (6868 SERJT: H. WEBB. RIFLE BRIGADE.); 1914-15 Star; (2.LIEUT: H.G. WEBB. YORK: & LANCS: R.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (LIEUT. H.G. WEBB).
Herbert George Webb was born in 1882, and apparently attended Oxford High School from September 1891 to April 1897, being there at around the same time as T.E. Lawrence, or Lawrence of Arabia as he became to be known. Webb who enlisted in 1899, then saw service during the Boer War in South Africa as a Sergeant (No.6868) with the 4th Battalion, Rifle Brigade, being present on operations in the Cape Colony and Orange Free State during 1902. Having seen further service in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, Webb was discharged in 1905. Webb then went to work as the district manager for the International Correspondence School from 1911 to 1914, and with the outbreak of the Great War, was appointed a Company Sergeant Major with the 23rd Service Battalion - 1st Sportsmans, Royal Fusiliers, before being commission as a 2nd Lieutenant on 4th June 1915, and seeing service with the 11th Service Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Present with his battalion out on the Western Front from 16th December 1915, he may well have been wounded, and appears to have been sent back home only shortly after arriving out at the front. Posted to the 1st Garrison Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, he left for India in February 1916, and on 2nd March 1917 transferred to the Army Clothing Department, being appointed temporary Assistant Superintendent of the Army Clothing Department at Madras. Promoted to temporary Lieutenant on 1st July 1917, he was later apparently put in sole charge of establishing new clothing factories in both Rangoon and Karachi, and certainly in March 1919, when he claimed his medals, Webb was the Assistant Superintendent in charges of the Army Clothing Factory at Karachi. With the end of the war, Webb relinquished his commission on 7th December 1919. Returning to his job with the International Correspondence School in 1920, he remained in his position through to 1926, and in that year was made a representative of the Sun Life of Canada Assurance Company. Webb, who went back to live in Oxford, died in 1955.