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The Rifle of a Forgotten Hero

5 January 2019

Frederick Corbett (christened David Embleton) was born in Maldon on the 17th September 1853. He served with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC) between the years 1873-83. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for action in Egypt in 1882 as the London Gazette describes.

Unfortunately, Corbett had his Victoria Cross revoked. After selling his medals, he joined the Royal Artillery in 1884. He was later convicted of being absent without leave and embezzlement. Stripped of his VC pension, he died on the 12th September 1912 in the Maldon Union workhouse on Market Hill, which can still be seen today.

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