Date added: 12 Jun 2015
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.
Date added: 17 Jun 2015
Saddle Pierced by Bullet-Holes
This would have been used by the cavalry to ride the warhorses needed for the battle. The red bag would have been used to carry things they needed like maps and bedding. The saddle’s design was based upon those used by the Prussian Cavalry, who were considered to be a part of one of the most technologically advanced armies in the 1790s. This saddle is a typical example of those introduced in 1796 for use throughout the heavy cavalry regiments of the British army.