Date added: 17 Oct 2016
Sergeant Daniel Dunnett was part of Capt Bogue’s ‘Rocket Brigade’ that was sent to Germany in June 1813 with orders to join the “Army of the North” commanded by Bernadotte, the Crown Prince of Sweden. The Rocket Brigade played an active part in the Battle of Leipzig on 18th October in which Capt Bogue was killed in action.
Immediately after the battle he was awarded the Swedish silver gallantry award for distinguished service.
‘FÖR TAPPERHET I FÄLT’
(‘For brave conduct in the field’)
Note : this was the first medal in Europe awarded to NCO’s and other ranks for gallantry. It was issued to officers in gold and to other ranks in silver.
The medal was instituted by Gustav III on 28 May 1789, during his war against Russia and was meant to complement the Order of the Sword—which was instituted on 23 February 1748 and was awarded for the same purpose—valour in the field or at sea—but only to officers.
He was still with the same unit, now 2nd Rocket Troop, under Capt Whinyates, at the Battle of Waterloo.This is a contemporary account of an incident, involving Sergeant Daniel Dunnett, given by Waterloo historian Siborne : - "A party of horse artillery proceeded under Captain Dansey, along the Charleroi Road, to the front of the centre of the Anglo-allied line, and came into action with rockets near the farm of La Haye Saint, leaving its two guns in the rear under Lt. Wright. Capt. Dansey very soon received a severe wound, which obliged him to retire; and the party, after firing a few rockets, fell back a little to where its horses were standing. It was then commanded by a Sergeant Daniel Dunnett, who, on perceiving the advance of the nearest French column towards the farm, dismounted his men as coolly and deliberately as if exercising on Woolwich Common, though without any support whatsoever, laid rockets on the ground, and discharged them in succession into the mass, every one of them appearing to take effect. The advance of the column was checked, and not resumed until Dunnett, having expended all his rockets, retired with his party to rejoin the guns in the rear".