Capt. Philip Webdellthe origins of 21 Bty
Philip Webdell began his career in the RA on 18th August 1726 as a Matross. The Battery was formed on 1 Febuary 1758, as P Webdell’s Company at Woolwich, London. For the first eleven years of its existence it served in America, Canada & the West Indies, taking part in the capture of Dominica & Havana.
In addition to his North American Campaigns which saw Webdell ‘s Company in the Battle of Louisburg , Martinique, and Havana, Webdell served as a Captain in the Siege of St Philip in 1756 in Minorca. Webdell was wounded in the battle of St. Augustine, Florida in 1765.
Upon the their return to Woolwich in 1769, Capt Webdell was invalided out of the Battery and assigned to invalid corps, where he served the rest of his long career as a Captain in Portsmouth until 1st January 1771.
Captain Philip Webdell died on the 25th May 1780 in Portsmouth after a 45 year career within the Royal Artillery.