Date added: 3 Jun 2015
Private William Bayley was born in 1797. He was the son of William Dowell Bayley.
In 1809 the 2nd/73rd foot was raised in Nottingham from local militia companies. It remained in England until 1803 when it was shipped to Sweden, Germany and Netherlands for a series of minor actions.
The Battle of Waterloo is one of the most important battles of the 19th century involving at least 4 armies, 200,000 soldiers, 12,000 dead and 35,000 wounded. When Private William died many people were in mourning of their loss.
Europe was finally at peace with over 20 years of war. However, this was to change when the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from exile and launched a campaign which would end at the Battle of Waterloo.