15 January 2011

Abe Mullett, 1891-1993

The information in this post has been received by Clarence Mullett.
 From another clipping...
MULLETT, ABRAHAM THOMAS(1891-    ).  Soldier; Sailor.  Born Swain's Island, son of James and Rosanna (Rodgers) Mullett.  Married Elizabeth Lundrigan.  When war broke out in 1914 Mullett joined the Newfoundland Regiment's "Blue Puttees" qv as one of "The First 500" (the initial 537 Newfoundlanders to go oversees).  Mullett fought at Galipoli, in Egypt and at Beaumont Hamel and was one of only 65 survivors of the original contingent. 

Returning to his pre-war work as a sailor, he joined the merchant marine when World War II began in 1939.  After his vessel sunk in 1943 he worked as a longshoreman until his retirement in 1956.  He was honoured by the Royal Canadian Legion in 1990 as the last surviving member of the Blue Puttees.  Abraham Mullett (interview, Feb. 1991), ET (Oct. 3, 1990). GMW

From The Toronto Star
Thursday, July 22, 1993
Abe Mullett last survivor of Blue Puttees
   ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) - Abe Mullett, the last known surviving member aof a World War I regiment known as the Blue Puttees, died yesterday.  He was 101.
   On Oct. 4, 1914, Mr. Mullett was on of 537 men of the Newfoundlnad Reginment to sail from St. John's on the S. S Florizel.
   Mr. Mullett, known to many as Uncle Abe, was posted to several theatres of war.
   Serving as a stretcher-bearer, he was among the 800 Newfoundlanders at the Battle of Beaumont Hamel on July 1, 1916, and was one of the 68 who were able to make roll call the following day.  The rest were killed, wounded or listed as missing in action.

More information about Uncle Abe can be found in these links...

1 comment:

Unknown said...

A great man... and my great grandfather... sadly I only met the man once


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