Lives of the fellows

Henry Mapleton

b.16 May 1815 d.1 January 1879
MD Edin(1838) FRCS FRCP(1859)

Henry Mapleton, the second son of Commander Mapleton, R.N, was born in Devonshire and educated at Tiverton. He made preliminary medical studies at Exeter Hospital before entering Edinburgh University, where he qualified in 1837 and graduated as M.D. in 1838. He joined the army as an assistant surgeon in 1839 and was posted to Madras in the following year. He served with the 40th Regiment in the Gwalior campaign of 1843, gaining the bronze star for service at the battle of Maharajpore. Transfers to other units accompanied his promotion to higher rank and, from 1854 to 1855, he acted as surgeon on Lord Raglan’s personal staff in the Crimea. For the last five years of his career (1859-1864), he was a popular head of the Medical Branch of the reorganised Army Medical Department, and as such superintended the equipping of two steam hospital ships destined for China. He retired to Exeter, with the rank of inspector-general.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1879; Roll of Army Medical Service, 4560; Plarr, ii, 24]

(Volume IV, page 111)

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