Queen’s South Africa, 4 bars, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, 69 Tpr R.J. Webber, Dennison’s Scouts.
Reuben Joseph Webber first enlisted with Dennison’s Scouts as an early member on 14th March 1901, he was discharged from the regiment at Kimberley on 8th October 1901. Confirmed on the medal rolls as entitled to all 4 bars.
Reuben Webber was born on 18th April 1872 at Kariega, Eastern Cape Province in South Africa, he was a descendant of the an original Settler in South Africa, his father Daniel Webber was born during 1823 in England, as an infant he survived the long and hard journey to South Africa with his father, Charles Webber as a member of “Shepherd’s Party of 1826”.
The Story of his family is told in the book: “A Small World – The Descendants of Charles Webber”, the book published in 1981 by Norma Van As, but was only printed 1,000 times it contains:
“This book traces the history of Charles Webber, a British Settler of Shepherd’s Party of 1826, and that of his descendants in South Africa, to the fourth Generation.
Letters written by Charles Webber, his Children and his Grandchildren, have served to add much interest to the text and have made it possible to give an authentic account of the lives of these early settlers of the Eastern Cape. The Story moves through the stirring times of these early settlers of the Frontier Wars and the discovery of Diamonds and Gold, to the Post-Anglo Boer War period, and describes the part played by members of his family in the history of South Africa.
The family story is supported by six family trees recording the known descendants of Charles Webber from 1826 to the present time. These trees include the descendants of Webber's two daughters, Jane McMaster and Mary Dennison. Approximately 6500 persons have been traced and documented, their places and dates of birth, marriage and death being
recorded in most cases.”
We do not have a copy of the book, but it could add an interesting story to this medal, as his Father’s Sister Mary Webber, married George Dennison, a Farmer who died of wounds fighting in the Kaffir Wars, whose child was Charles George Dennison, D.S.O. of Dennison’s Scouts, Reuben and Capt Dennison both share the same Grandfather.
Reuben died in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, on 24th April 1951.