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Lt General Felix Calvert

Waterloo 200

of 32nd Foot Regiment

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Submitted by: Jinnie Grove

Date added: 26 Jan 2015

Felix Calvert was a career soldier joining the 52nd Foot (later the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry) in 1807 aged 17 and rising to Lt General, CB when he retired in 1854.   He was supported by his uncle, General Sir Harry Calvert, the Adjutant General to the Forces at the time.

He fought in many campaigns and in 1810 was appointed ADC to Lord Lynedoch and was present at Cadiz then being besieged by the French.  He was also present at the battles of Barossa, Vittoria and the capture of San Sebastian.  He fought in the battles at Quatre Bras and at Waterloo where he was very lucky to survive not only having his horse shot from under him but according to records "four or five shots went through his coat". He was awarded the war medal with 3 clasps and after Waterloo was promoted for "his distinguished service". 

Felix Calvert attended the Duke of Wellington's Banquet for the veterans of Waterloo in 1836 which was held at Apsley House and where the famous picture of the Banquet hangs.  His nephew asked him as he was dressing for the banquet "what was the battle of Waterloo like?"  "Devilish Hot" was the answer he gave.

His obituary is in 'The Hertford Mercury' March 14th 1857.

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