Date added: 26 Jan 2015
My ancestor Daniel Gale (1783 to 1876) served in the 3rd Battalion of the 95th Regiment of Foot at the Battle of Waterloo and his wife and daughter were present there too.
He enlisted on 31st March 1812 and from May 1812 Daniel was stationed at Shorncliff in Kent. On 10th Dec 1813 he embarked on the vessel ‘Grampus’ at Ramsgate. At some point his wife Mary and daughter Elizabeth were able to join him on the Continent. He is listed as “GALE DANL.” in Captain J Fullerton’s Company in the Waterloo Medal Roll.
It would appear that from July to Sept 1815 he was stationed in Paris. By June 1816 he was at Dublin, with further service there in 1818. In Nov 1817, Daniel Gale was promoted to the rank of Corporal in the 3rd Battalion The Rifle Brigade, before leaving the army in November 1818 and returning to his home town of Beaminster in Dorset.
Mary Gale(née Hallett 1781 to 1842) and her daughter Elizabeth (1810 to 1904) are depicted in the diorama of the Battle of Waterloo at the The Royal Green Jackets Museum in Winchester. They are shown behind the lines in a wagon, where the 5 year old daughter is described as helping her mother to roll linen bandages.Contrary to the caption (as we saw it in 2006), Daniel Gale survived the battle.
In my youth my grandmother (Nellie Amelia Watkins 1879 to 1981) told me that her grandmother was at Waterloo as a child. In 1904 that child, by then Mrs Elizabeth Watkins, was able to claim that she was the last survivor of the battle.