Date added: 10 Jun 2015
A solidier who died in 1838, 23 years after the Battle of Waterloo between Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington (Arthur Wellesley)
Date added: 16 Jun 2015
Robert enlisted in the army in 1787 and retired on full pay in 1787. He served in all major campiagns of the period and lost the sight in his left eye in Flanders in 1794. He was wounded in Flanders in 1799 and fought in Sicily, Corunna, Spain and Potugal from1812-13. He recieved a subultan's prize money for his service at Waterloo.
His rank at Waterloo was Quartermaster which meant he was a Colour Sergeant. He served with the light Company and his role would have been to protect the two colours or flags. His regiment were part of Maitland’s Brigade who were in the centre of the ridge.
Action; Their main action came when they repulsed Marshal Ney’s cavalry by forming squares. This took place about 3.00p.m. in the afternoon and lasted for over2 hours. The French cavalry launched wave after wave of attacks on the squares but they held off. At the end of the battle, Napoleon launched his best troops into attack. They were called the Guard and were made up of three groups; Young, Middle and Old Guard. They were sent in at the end to deliver the final blow. Wellington had lost the farmhouse and his army was badly mauled. However, the Prussians were approaching and Napoleon knew he had to attack and destroy Wellington before they arrived. Wellington made his men lie down in the long grass and as the Old Guard came up the hill they could see nothing and assumed that Wellington as beaten. As they nearly reached the ridge, Wellington cried, ‘Now Maitland, now’s your time!’ and the Guards rose up, firing volley after volley into the French who stopped and then fled.
He died in 1840 on 1st August and is buried in St John's cemetary in Westminster. This area has been cleared since and is now a lovely park which provides shade and resat for busy office workers.