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Private Phillip Ross

Waterloo 200


Captain Peter Wilkie's Company

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Submitted by: Philip Ross

Date added: 13 Jun 2015

My Great Great Great Great Grandfather Philip Ross is recorded in the Waterloo Roll as being a private in 92nd Highland Regiment of Foot.

He wasn’t recruited in the Highlands instead he joined the regiment in Egypt in 1801 where he it is believed that he was already operating as a mercenary.

It is known that he fought with the regiment through the peninsular wars and he is listed in the Peninsular War Medal Roll and that he gained ‘6 clasps’. These clasps usually referred to campaigns and the suggestions is that he fought in six campaigns out of a possible fifteen.

He was wounded twice during the campaign in Portugal, but throughout all the Muster Rolls we found him marked present for duty at all the campaigns he served in from Egypt to Waterloo.

The Waterloo Medal roll notes that he was in the company of Captain Peter Wilkie. His company was in the thick at Quatre Bras and turned back a charge by the French Curassiars with Wellington himself dismounted and standing with the regiment.

By many accounts a turning point of the battle of Waterloo was this charge by Scots Greys supported by the 92nd highland Regiment. Ensign Charles Ewart pressed forward with support from the 92nd and captured a French eagle. It is the stuff of legend. But the significance to us is that there were only 250 members of the 92nd regiment on the field and Philip Ross was one of them. He was also a veteran aged 42 and no doubt as tough as anything.

After leaving the regiment he settled in West Ham in London and was married to Margaret - who was from Ireland. Later census records show him as having a pension from the 92nd. He had a son called Daniel who was born when he was 53 years old.

200 years later I share his name and also have a son called Daniel.


thanks to my Great Uncle Terry Ross for researching the following:

Private Philip Ross

1801 Joined Captain Peter Grant’s Company (1st Battalion)as a recruit (Army pay 32p per month) in Egypt fightingagainst the French under Napoleon.

1802 Embarked to Ireland – Cork to Kilkenny on to Glasgow.

1803 Stationed in Scotland – moved to Colchester Barracks.Colchester and Weely Barracks.

1804 Colchester and Weely 2nd Battalion formed

1805 Tilbury Fort, then Ospringe Barracks Kent.

1806 Marched from Canterbury to London for the purpose of Guard of Honour at Lord Nelson’s funeral. January 9th – marched to barracks in Colchester.

1807 Active Service in Copenhagen – July.

1808 Landed at Chatham November 24th and marched to Weely Barracks near Colchester. Re-embarked from Harwich – April 28th to fight for Sweden against the French and Russians. Plans halted and after 3 months in the Channel, set sail for the Peninsular wars, landing August 21st. Defeated at Corunna – landed back at Portsmouth January 26th 1809 – returned to Weely Barracks.

1809 Marched to Dover (via Romford) embarked at Deal for active service in Holland (Walcheren) July 28th.

1810 Woodbridge Barracks – Embarked September 21st (HMS APOLLO) and landed at Lisbon October 8th.

1811 Active service – wounded twice in Portugal during March and June (Fuentes d’Onor) medal - clasp.

1812 Active service Spain (Pyrenees) medal clasp.

1813 Active service Spain (Pyrenees) medal clasp.

1814 Active service Orthes and Toulouse, medal clasp.


1815 Serving in Ireland (Cork) having returned from France July 26th 1814.

Re-embarked May 10th for Ostend on route for the Battle of Waterloo. Headquarters Guard at Brussels – June 15th

Action at Quatre Bras – La Haye Sainte.

Received extra pay for Waterloo – War Office Circular 31st June 1815.

Stationed at Baeborne Lees, Scotland December 1815.

1816 Edinburgh Castle1817 Edinburgh Castle –March 1817 Belfast

1818 Belfast – March Castlebar – discharged June 1818


Egypt 1801

Corunna 1809

Fuentes D’onor 1811

Pyrenees 1813

Orthes 1814

Toulouse 1814

Waterloo 1815

Peninsular War Military General Service Medal

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