Date added: 16 Jun 2015
The Royal Dragoon Guards were comprised of 26 officers and 348 men. In the Battle of Waterloo, 4 officers and 86 men were killed and 10 officers and 88 were wounded Of the men not accounted for at the end of the battle, there was 1officer and 9 men.
The Prize money awarded in 1817 for fighting at Waterloo was £2 11s 4d for corporals drummers and privates. The medal given to soldiers at Waterloo was the first on which the recipient’s name was impressed around the rim. It was also the first campaign medal to be awarded to the next of kin of men killed in action at the battle of Ligny and Quatre Bras on16 June and Waterloo on 18 June.
Corporal John Partridge's medal can be viewed at the National Army Museum in London.
Date added: 17 Jun 2015
At Waterloo, John Partridge was a private in the 1st Royal Dragoons under Major General William Ponsonby, who led the Union Brigade, which also included the Scots Greys and the Irish Iniskilling Dragoons. The Brigade advanced form its reserve position to the north and hidden by a ridge, they took the French infantry by surprise. In the carnage that followed, Captain Alexander Kennedy and Corporal Francis Stiles of the Royal Dragoons captured the eagle standard of the 105t line, one of just two eagles taken in the battle.
Driven on by success, the Heavy Dragoons lost control and strayed too far. They were unprepared for Napoleon's reserves making a desperate counter-attack. The result was 'many isolated Dragoons, including the Union Brigade Commander, Major General William Ponsonby, were mercilessly speared by French lancers.' (Andrew Uffendell and Michael Corum: Waterloo, page 70).
John Partridge survived Waterloo and in the British Army Service Records, 1790-1915, he served in 1834 as a quarter-master and would have been responsible for supervising stores and distributing supplies for about 250 men. On 1st July 1859, he was appointed an honorary captain of the First Royal Dragoons. He died in his seventieth year on August 23rd 1863. According to the newspapers. The Morning Post, London and the Brighton Examiner, he was living in a lodging house of a William Knight at 34, Canon Place, Brighton, at his death. It seems it was common for landlords not to include their lodgers in surveys on household occupants, for example, Folthorps Brighton Directory 1851-1864, and so no other leads have been found into Partridge's life. However, his gravestone is recorded as lying flat in St Peter's graveyard Brighton. It reads:
Sacred / to the memory of /Captain Johm Partridge/ late of the First or Royal Dragoons/ who departed this life / August 23rd 1863 / in the 70th year of his age/ ''He is not dead but sleepeth' / present at the great battle / of Waterloo June 18th 1815
The photograph included comes from Janet and David Bromley's book, 'Wellington's Men Remembered', Volume 2.