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Alexander McCallum Webster, born in 1878, was the only son of his father of the same name. His father, born in Westminister is well documented for making his own camera in 1866.
Alexander was gazetted to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in 1898.

THE LONDON GAZETTE, FEBRUABY 15, 1898.

The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, Grant
Trenavin Body, vice R. E. H. James, promoted.
Alexander McCallum Webster, vice C. dePutron,
promoted.

Alexander saw service in the South African War, 1899-1902, including the Defence of Kimberley for which he was Mentioned in Despatches.

KIMBERLEY, September 13, 1899, to February 15, 1900.

From Lieutenant Colonel Kekewich’s despatch, February 15, 1900.

2nd Lieutenant A McC Webster commanded armoured train in reconnaissances and sorties in neighbourhood, and displayed excellent judgment on all occasions.

In September 1902, Alexander returned to England on Union Castle Line’s Carisbrook Castle – this vessel was being used as a troopship in support of the Boer War.

The following is an extracts from contemporary accounts in The Times giving details of troops returning from South Africa after the war had finished in May that year.

The Times. 25/09/02
The Carisbrook Castle left for England Sept. 17, with the following on passage home:
1/L.N. Lancs. – Lt.-Col. P. Palmes, Maj. G.A. Norcott, G.A. Faulder, Capts. M.A. Humphreys, R.R. Feilden, C.E.A. Jourdain, W.R. Lloyd, G.H. Wilde-Browne, T.H. O’Brien, F.J. Braithwaite, F.W. Woodward, E.C. Halton, Lts. A. McC. Webster, L.K. Darcy, R.T.C. Mace, R. Howard-Vyse, W.R. Goodwin, G.T. Body, 2/Lts. W.D. Hill, L.T. Allason, Capt. & Qm. H.J. Gill and 502 men 

For this campaign he received the QSA with three clasps; and KSA with two clasps.

Alexander married Norah Kathleen Gray. Norah’s brother, John, an alcoholic, was at this time involved in legal proceedings regarding him squandering the £40,000 inheritance from his uncle, during drink fueled business dealings. No doubt this wasn’t far from the guests minds as they celebrated the wedding that day.

Source: National Library of New Zealand

Later that year, Alexander resigned his commission.

THE LONDON GAZETTE, DECEMBER 2, 1904.

The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, Lieutenant
Alexander McC. Webster resigns his Commission.
Dated 3rd December, 1904.
Supernumerary Lieutenant Cuthbert B. Wallis to
be Lieutenant, vice A. McC. Webster. Dated
3rd December, 1904.

When war broke out ten years later, Alexander almost immediately joined the Reserve Officers.

THE LONDON GAZETTE, 6 NOVEMBER, 1914

Lieutenant A. McC. Webster, Reserve of Officers.

Lt. Webster was in the transport party (3 Officers; 109 Other Ranks) that landed in France on 30 July 1915 – the day before the rest of the 10th Battalion had left England.

By March 1917, the First World War had been raging for two and a half years; Alexander was made temporary Captain.

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 12 MARCH, 1917.

Lt. A. McC. Webster, Res. of Off., and
to be temp. Capt. whilst so empld. 18th
Feb. 1917.

A few months later, Alexander received notice that he would no longer be required on the frontline and had been selected for a Staff appointment;

MONDAY, 15 OCTOBER, 1917.

COMMANDS AND STAFF.
The undermentioned appts. are made: —
SPECIAL APPOINTMENTS.
Asst. Prov. Marshals.
(Graded for purposes 6f pay as Staff Capts.)
16th Oct. 1917.
Lt. (temp. Capt.) A. McC. Webster, Res.
of Off., and to retain his temp, rank whilst
so empld.

A further temporary promotion came late 1918. Still a Lieutenant, he was now going temp Captain, to temp Major.

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 26 NOVEMBER, 1918.

The undermentioned to be temp. Majors
whilst empld. as Asst. Prov.-Marshals (Cl.
FF). 1st Oct. 1918: —

Lt. (temp. Capt.) A. McC. Webster, Res.
of Off.

In January 1919 he was G.C in Scottish Command at Edinburgh.

The following year he was promoted to full Major, thus completely skipping the rank of substantive Captain.

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 10 JANUARY, 1920.

GENERAL RESERVE OF OFFICERS

N. Lan. E.—Lt. A. McC. Webster (late temp.
Maj.) to be Maj. 12th Nov. 1919.

Major A. McC, Webster was awarded the 1914/15 star trio, which he applied for in June 1923. He gave his address as Lloyds Bank (Cox Street branch), 16 Charing Cross, SW1.

Alexander died on 16 March 1938 at his residence Cromlet Hill, Old Meldrum, Aberdeenshire. He was survived by his wife Norah. Their son Neil, would be killed in Italy six years later.

WEBSTER, NEIL MCCALLUM
Rank: Captain
Service No: 85632
Date of Death: 25/06/1944
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Grave Reference: I, F, 13. ORVIETO WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Alexander McCallum Webster and Norah Kathleen Webster; husband of Jocelyn McCallum Webster, of Chelsea, London.

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