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A much wounded Corporal 1 month 6 days ago #85276

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Looking at the Welcome Collection website I found this: wellcomecollection.org/works/jr9acbef

Corporal E Mabey of the 2nd Somerset wounded at Colenso. He had a bullet in each arm, two in his head, one through his hand and a sixth in his left leg. He lay for four weeks in hospital at Mooi River, but the caption reads "But is now quite well again and on his way to the front".

All I can say is "Blimey!"

With six bullet wounds is this the most wounded survivor of the Boer War? I wonder what happened to him?

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A much wounded Corporal 1 month 6 days ago #85280

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Thanks Ian.......

I went into the Welcomecollection looking to see if they had anything on the Doctors that I have in my collection and I found a couple of articles written by DR. MAURICE GREY PEARSON.....

His thread is here......
www.angloboerwar.com/forum/5-medals-and-...-a-m-c-z-a-g-d#50715

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A much wounded Corporal 1 month 6 days ago #85282

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Hi Mike,

I'm glad you found something of interest. I've just read the thread, Pearson was certainly an interesting man and thank you for posting your excellent research.

I've only just come across the Welcome Collection website and found it very interesting.
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Edwin Mabey born 4th July 1867 in Haselbury Plucknett near Crewkerne in Somerset.
Enlisted in Somerset Light Infantry 21st November 1887. Regimental number 2102.
Served oversea in Gibraltar & East Indies and discharged to Army Reserve on 24th November 1895.
Married in 1898 in Merriott, 3 miles from Haselbury Plucknett.
Recalled to the colours on 24th October 1899 and embarked for SA on 4th November 1899.
Wounded at Battle of Colenso on 21st February 1900 and returned to England during September 1900 and fully discharged 20th November 1900.
Awarded QSA Medal with 3 clasps - Cape Colony, Tugela Heights & Relief of Ladysmith.
1911 Census living in Haselbury Plucknett with wife and 3 year old daughter and working as a carpenter.
Enlisted again at start of WW1 aged 47 but did not go overseas and served in Royal Defence Corps.
1939 Register living in Haselbury Plucknett with wife and working as a carpenter.
Death registered in Somerset Q1 1952. Aged 84 at time of death.
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Thank you for researching this.

A fortunate life.

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Not a problem as his incomplete service records can be found on FMyP, his SLI medal roll on Ancestry and he makes an appearance on 20 public family trees on Ancestry – 3 are very well researched but all have missed his time with the SLI, including the ABW, despite his WW1 attestation papers saying he previously served in the SLI. One has been created by “The Maybee Society” which “is made up of people who have a Mabie, Mabee, Maybee (or any other spelling) in their ancestry and are interested in information about them”. I have just sent them, via Ancestry, a message of reprimand.

Btw I have just corrected his place of marriage to Merriott which is only 3 miles from Haslebury Plunckett.

A surprisingly long-lived life I would say.

Haselbury Plunckett in 1955 just 3 years after Edwin died.

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