The Collection of Medals to the Medical Services formed by Colonel D.G.B. Riddick

Date of Auction: 7th March 2007

Sold for £2,000

Estimate: £1,600 - £1,800

The K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G. group of nine awarded to Colonel Sir Lisle Webb, Royal Army Medical Corps

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, K.B.E. (Civil) Knight Commander’s 1st type set of insignia, neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel; breast star, silver, silver-gilt and enamel, in Garrards, London case of issue; The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, C.B. (Military) Companion’s breast badge, silver-gilt and enamel, with swivel ring and straight bar suspension and buckle on ribbon; The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, C.M.G. Companion’s neck badge conversion from a breast badge, silver-glt and enamel, in a later Garrards, London case of issue; Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Commander’s neck badge, silver base metal and enamel; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 6 clasps, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Wittebergen, Diamond Hill (Capt., R.A.M.C.), last clasp attached by thread; King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps (Capt., R.A.M.C.); 1914 Star (Major, R.A.M.C.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Lt. Col.), last five mounted as worn, very fine and better (9) £1600-1800


Arthur Lisle Ambrose Webb was born in Brixton on 19 July 1871. He qualified as a D.P.H. Cambridge, D.T.M., M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. and entered the R.A.M.C. as a Lieutenant in July 1899.

He served extensively during the Boer War, being present at the relief of Kimberley, operations in the Cape Colony, December 1899-January 1900, including the action at Coleberg, operations in the Orange Free State, February-May 1900, including actions at Paardeberg, Poplar Grove, Karee Siding and Zand River. Operations in the Transvaal, May-June 1900, including actions near Pretoria and at Diamond Hill. Operations in the Transvaal west of Pretoria, July-August 1900, including the action at Elands River. Operations in the Orange River Colony, July 1900, including the action at Wittebergen. He received promotion to Captain in July 1902, Major in January 1911 and Lieutenant-Colonel in March 1915. Serving in the Great War, he was twice mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 19 October 1914, 22 June 1915), awarded the C.M.G. in 1915 and C.B. in 1919, and granted the Brevet of Colonel in June 1918. Colonel Webb was placed on Retired Pay on 31 January 1922 and ceased to be on the Reserve of Officers in July 1926. He held the post of Director-General of Medical Services at the Ministry of Pensions, 1919-33 and was knighted, receiving the K.B.E. in 1920. He was Secretary and Treasurer of Queen Mary’s (Roehampton) Hospital, 1933-42 and an Honorary Fellow of University College Hospital.

He died at his home at High Combe, Balcombe, Sussex on 7 October 1945.

Sold with obituary newspaper cutting and copied research.