Date added: 12 Feb 2015
My 3 x great grandfather Richard and his brother Bartholomew, both Cordwainers, joined the Militia together in 1808, transferring to the 1st Foot Guards in May 1812.
Richard served under Wellington against Napoleon in the Peninsular wars and at the Battle of Waterloo.
He remained in France as part of the occupying army until his discharge in 1819. He was granted prize money of £2.11s.4d for his role in the Battle of Waterloo and capture of Paris in 1815.
Richard was discharged 3rd May 1819 and paid£2 13s 2d marching allowance from Chatham to Durham.
Brother Bartholomew was the unlucky one. In the final battle Bartholomew was among the dead and dying. He was found and taken to a field hospital but died thirteen days later of his wounds on 1st July 1815. He was 22 years old.
There is a final record in the National Records which reads "Johnson Bartholomew Private, £2.11s 4d 12th July 1819 for Greenwood and Co for father John. "This is Waterloo prize money being paid through an army agent to his father.
He is believed to be buried somewhere near Brussels, Belgium.