Date added: 27 Apr 2015
This shows the uniform of a trooper 23 Light Dragoons, at Waterloo.
Captain Dance, as he was in 1815, was an officer of this Regiment which was formed in 1794, and disbanded in 1817.
Capt. Dance was the son of a well-known artist. He was born in 1785, and died in London in 1844. He married Elizabeth Scott Evans in 1805, but divorced her in 1812 and married Isabella Cooper in 1816.
In 1821 he was knighted as a Colonel, and in 1836 became a Kight of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order, a personal award of the Sovreign.
He was a career soldier, serving in 7 regiments in all! These varied from 2nd West Indian Regiment, to 2nd Life Guards, via 10th Light Dragoons, West Middlesex Militia, 84th Regiment and the Royal Yorkshire Rangers.
At Waterloo he served with 23rd Light Dragoons.
Date added: 30 Apr 2015
He lived up to his name and danced with death on a number of occasions. In 1809 he fought a duel with a Lieutenant in the 23rd Dragoons and they each fired 7 shots, with Dance finally hitting his opponent in the groin and winning. In 1811 at Talavera in Portugal his horse was killed underneath him and a musket ball went through his helmet - but missed him. Finally at Waterloo he was wounded.