Date added: 18 Jan 2017
James Weight/Waite was baptised at Iron Acton, Gloucestershire on 26 September 1779, the illegitimate son of Anne Llewellin/Weight/Wait.
In his youth, James worked as a tanner before enlisting at Bath with the 2nd (Royal North British) Regiment of Dragoons, known as the “Scots Greys”, on 19 September 1805.
He was serving as a Private with the Regiment at Waterloo in 1815.
James Waite was discharged due to ‘varicose veins from exertion of riding’ on 4 August 1818 at which time he was admitted as a Chelsea Pensioner.
He returned to Iron Acton where he worked as a labourer, married, and had four known children.
James Weight/Waite died at Iron Acton in 1852.
Ryan Dudley is a direct descendant of James' half-brother James Downs (1788-1875).