Date added: 11 Aug 2016
Kingdom of the Netherlands
William I of the Netherlands, son of the last stadtholder William V van Oranje, returned to the country in 1813 and became Sovereign Prince of the Netherlands. On 16 March 1815, the Sovereign Prince became King of the Netherlands. In 1815, the Congress of Vienna formed the United Kingdom of the Netherlands by expanding the Netherlands with Belgium in order to create a strong country on the northern border of France.
In May/June 1815 the United Kingdom of the Netherlands contributed 24,000 of Wellington's Allied Army – the second largest contingent. Of these, about 13,600, made up 19% of the allied troops engaged at the Battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo, with the remaining 10,400 detached and covering the open right flank.
Netherlands Waterloo Medal
No specific medal was struck for Waterloo as they had a newly created military order : The Military William Order, or often named Military Order of William (Dutch: Militaire Willems-Orde, abbreviation: MWO). The Order's motto is Voor Moed, Beleid en Trouw (For Bravery, Leadership and Loyalty).
The chivalric order was established on 30 April 1815 by King William I of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and was presented for feats of outstanding bravery on the battlefield and as a meritorious decoration to senior military officers. Comparable with the French Légion d’Honneur but far less awarded, the Military William Order is a chivalry order of merit open to everyone regardless of rank and nobility. For example, soldiers were awarded ‘Knight, 4th Class’.