Date added: 14 Nov 2015
Luke Grimes was the second of four children born to Luke Grimes and Elizabeth nee Smith and was baptised on 21st April 1782 at Gaytonthorpe, Norfolk.Luke began working as a labourer then in 1803 in Suffolk joined the Royal Artillery Army of Reserve for the Napoleonic War as a substitute. Later the same year, on 1st September 1803, he joined the Royal Horse Artillery at Diss, Norfolk, as a gunner, signing up for unlimited service. Early Royal Horse Artillery records describe him as 5ft 7½ins tall with a dark complexion, dark hair and grey eyes. Luke appears on the Waterloo Medal Roll as a gunner in ‘H’ troop. The troop was posted to Canterbury from 1811 until 1st April 1815. Major Ramsay was given command of the troop but he was to be shot and killed by a sharpshooter during the battle and replaced by Lieutenant Colonel May. Initially the troop was heavily engaged in delaying the French advance whilst Wellington moved his army from Quatre-Bras to Waterloo. The troop was then positioned along the ridge near Hougoumont. The troop suffered heavy losses during the battle, particularly from the fire of mounted sharpshooters accompanying the French cavalry attacks, but played their part in helping to break up the final French assaults. On completion of the operations in France, the troop returned to England and was posted to Woolwich in 1816. Luke served until 31st December 1822. Upon discharge his conduct was recorded as “good” and he received a pension. The reason for his discharge was recorded as “being worn out”. It is believed that Luke had married Susanna Catamole on 4th February 1804 at Roydon, Norfolk, but research has not yet uncovered any issue or, indeed, what happened to him after 1822.