Date added: 26 Feb 2015
David Arderley (also known as Ardrey) is my 3rd Great Grandfather. He was born in 1789 in Longhall, Armagh, Ireland and was 18 when he enlisted in the 51st Regiment of the Light Infantry in October 1807.
He saw action at the Battle of Waterloo serving as a private in Captain J.T. Keyt’s Company. He was discharged in August 1826 in Portsmouth due to a large ulcer on his left thigh, a result of a wound when in the Peninsular. He was granted two years extra service for being at Waterloo.
His discharge papers state that his general conduct was excellent and describe his appearance as 5 foot 41/2 inches, fair hair, gray eyes and pale complexion.
He returned to Ireland and married and had 5 children, my great great grandmother Ann being the youngest. The family moved to Dundee were he can be found working as a weaver in 1851. He had retired by 1861 and is described in the census of that year as “Pensioner 7th Army”.
He died later that year from paralysis. His occupation was given as Chelsea Pensioner. His elder son Benjamin also joined the army and served in the Crimea.