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Private James Waite

Waterloo 200

Known as James Weight


Captain Payne's Troop

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Submitted by: Ryan Dudley

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).

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