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A tribute to Captain William Robert Clayton by Oasis Academy Couldson

Date added: 12 Jun 2015

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Oasis Academy Couldson

Schools Waterloo 200
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Bugles

Trumpet or bugle calls were a vital command system inbattles at this time. With shouting men and horses echoing across thebattlefield, the explosions of guns pounding the ears of the soldiers, verbalcommunication was impossible. The smoke from black powder meant visibility wasdown to that of a thick fog. The incredible danger from musket balls, sabres,cannon balls and kicking horses made full attention vital. Only the sound ofthe trumpet was able to communicate between cavalry squadrons, each of whichhad a trumpeter. There were over forty different bugle calls used in the field all horse drills.Formations were controlled by calls known to the cavalrymen and this made iteasier for them to remember the positions they were supposed to be in. Captain William Robert Clayton would have used this artefact as he was aCalvary officer and would have had to listen and respond to the trumpet. In the Battle of Waterloo, this trumpet, if responded to efficiently, would have given the cavalry a huge tactical advantage as they would have been organised andready to form positions to either attack or defend.

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A tribute to Captain William Robert Clayton by Oasis Academy Couldson

Date added: 12 Jun 2015

204

Oasis Academy Couldson

Schools Waterloo 200
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Cavalry Officers Full Dress Uniform.

This jacket is a full dress jacket, meant to be worn on paraderather than the battlefield. The elegantly buttoned waistcoat are unsuitable for battle. However, Lieutenant William Polhill of the 16th (Queen’s LightDragoons) was forced to ride into the Battle of Waterloo along with hisregiment in full dress as they had not yet received their new uniforms. Captain William Clayton would have most likely worn this as a captain of a horseregiment in parades. For a cavalry officer in battle, the buttons, tightclothing and the gold braid would not be practicle in a battle or when sword fighting.

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