Date added: 5 Jan 2017
Driver John Bates was part of Capt Bogue’s ‘Rocket Brigade’ that was sent to Germany in June 1813 with orders to join the “Army of the North” commanded by Bernadotte, the Crown Prince of Sweden.
The Rocket Brigade played an active part in the Battle of Leipzig on 18th October in which Capt Bogue was killed in action.
Immediately after the battle he was awarded the Swedish silver gallantry award for distinguished service.
‘FÖR TAPPERHET I FÄLT’ (‘For brave conduct in the field’)Note : this was the first medal in Europe awarded to NCO’s and other ranks for gallantry. It was issued to officers in gold and to other ranks in silver.The medal was instituted by Gustav III on 28 May 1789, during his war against Russia and was meant to complement the Order of the Sword—which was instituted on 23 February 1748 and was awarded for the same purpose—valour in the field or at sea—but only to officers.
He was still with the same unit, now 2nd Rocket Troop, under Capt Whinyates, at the Battle of Waterloo