Date added: 17 Jun 2015
Ballakermeen High School on the Isle of Man used a number of sources to gather information about Captain Samuel Reed of the 71st Regiment of Light Infantry from a variety of sources.
These sources included:
The Waterloo Medal Roll; William H.T. Siborne's 'Waterloo Letters'; the 1841 Census of the Isle of Man and Christopher Summerville's 'Who was who at Waterloo: a biography of the Battle'. The School also found details on a memorial to Captain Reed.
Samuel Reed was born c.1785, the 1841 Census of the Isle of Man suggests he was born in Ireland.
Captain Reed was with the 71st Regiment of Light Infantry at Waterloo. The 71st started the Battle as part of the 3rd Brigade in Major General Sir Henry Clinton's 2nd Division.
Reed's letter to Siborne in the 1830s tells us that, after 7pm, Reed had to act as a Company Commander of a Company on the right flank.
Under Reed's command, the company moved from Hougoumont and supported the 52nd in a charge on the Imperial Guard.
The 71st broke the lines of those opposing them and advanced, taking the guns of the Napoleonic army. Some of Reed's men were part of a group that turned the guns and discharged them into the rear of the French retreat. These men were under the command of Lieutenant Torriano at the time. Captain Reed's men pursued the French to the right on Planchenoit and in his letter to Siborne, Captain Reed mentions the Prussians playing 'God save the King' at this point.
The 71st were 936 strong at the Battle of Waterloo and suffered 202 losses. The Regiment was led by Colonel Thomas Reynell, who was wounded.
For his efforts at Waterloo, Samuel Reed was awarded the Waterloo Medal. He was also promoted to Major after the Battle. The 1841 Census lists him at 'Lt Col Samuel Reed'.
After he retired in 1821, he lived in Ramsey on the Isle of Man, married Frances Parker and had at least one child - a daughter also named Frances.
Samuel Reed died in 1842, died 57. There is a memorial inscription to him in Ballure Churchyard in Maughold Parish on the Isle of Man. This inscription reads:
This tribute of affection and duty is raised to the memory of Lieut. Col. Samuel Reed, H.P. 71st Highland Light Infantry, who departed this life July 13, 1842, aged 57 years.