Nottingham Hospitals Archives 2011
NOTTINGHAM’S EMINENT SURGEONS AND PHYSICIANS
ALEXANDER MOXON WEBBER
President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society
1934 - 1935
Alexander Moxon Webber:- 2, The Ropewalk, Nottingham. M.R.C.S. 12th November 1903; F.R.C.S. 14th June 1906; M.B., B.S. London 1903; M.S. 1905; L.R.C.P. 1903; Honorary Surgeon, Nottingham General Hospital & Hospital for Women, Nottingham; Temporary Captain (Acting Major) Royal Army Medical Corps; Member (Ex-Honorary Secretary, Nottingham Division and general Secretary, 1926, Annual Meeting, Nottingham) British Medical Association; President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society, 1934-1935. Late Obstetric Resident House Surgeon, Guy’s Hospital; Clinical Assistant, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children; Honoary Surgeon, Children’s Hospital, Nottingham.
Medical Directory 1940
Born on the 4th 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 obstretric 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 Hospital, 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, R.A.M.C. 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 B.M.A. Council, and was the 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 the 26th 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.
From the Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
In a personal tribute Robert George Hogarth wrote:- My closest association with Mr. Webber was, of course, when he acted as secretary for the Annual Meeting of the British Medical Association when I was president. Nobody could have had a better secretary. He was a born administrator, and in addition to that he never quarreled with anyone, so that at the Nottingham Meeting we never had any dispute before or during the meeting and everything went smoothly and well. All this was due to Mr. Webber, and he was most ably supported by a very clever, capable, and devoted wife. As a medical colleague he was always understanding and very human. He had a most retiring nature and never pushed himself forward. I never heard him say an unkind thing about anyone, and I have never known a surgeon who was better liked by his patients. In Nottingham he is greatly missed and will long be remembered.
B.M.J. November 15th, 1947, page 79