Date added: 5 Jun 2015
My 3rd Great Grandfather, William Mainwaring, was born about 1791 in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. He enlisted on the 15th May 1809 (4482) in the 18th (King's Irish) Regiment of Light Dragoons (Hussars) in the city of Dublin. He is listed in the Peninsular War Medal Roll and received 5 battle honour clasps: Vittoria, Orthes, Sahagun and Benavente and Nivelle. He distinguished himself at these battles and was promoted, but was taken down again for some misconduct or other!
He was with his Regiment at Waterloo and was in Cpt J.R.L.Lloyd's Troop which was part of the 6th Brigade under Maj Gen Hussey Vivian. In the battle he also distinguished himself, his horse being shot from under him more than once.
His Regiment, the 18th Hussars, was disbanded in September 1821 and he was transferred to the 65th Foot Regiment where he served from 2nd September 1821 until his discharge.
His discharge papers, on 12th June 1828, describe him as being 5ft 61/2 tall, Dark hair, Blue eyes, Dark complexion. He was awarded a Chelsea Pension of 9p per day due to injuries sustained during his service. He had completed 19years and 25 days but had 2years added to his record for his presence at Waterloo.
He returned to live near the town of his birth and married Mary Rees on 23rd October 1830 in the parish of Llannon. They lived at Cwmtawel Cottage, near Gelligaled and had 3 children. The 1841 census lists him as a Mason. William died on he 29th June 1864 and is buried at Hermon Chapel, Llannon