Date added: 26 Jan 2015
Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Picton was my 5 x great Uncle. My family are descendants of his sister Catherine Picton (Sir Thomas died without issue).
He fought with Wellington during the Peninsula war and acquitted himself with great distinction.
He returned to Wales in 1814 in the expectation of retirement, only to be asked by the Duke of Wellington to join the army in the Netherlands in May 1815. He arrived in Brussels on the evening of the 15th June to be immediately appointed to the command of the 5th Division and left Brussels just after daylight to advance on Quatre Bras. There, during the murderous battle against Marshal Ney’s troops, Picton received a musket ball wound to the ribs – a wound he kept secret from his troops. Two days later, at Waterloo, his division were spread between La Haye Saint and Ter la Haye and faced a formidable mass of French Infantry.
Picton led General Pack’s brigade forward withthe cry of “Charge! Hurra! Hurra!” waving them on with his sword when he was struck in the temple by a musket ball and fell back on his horse, dead.
Due to a delay in his supplies, he was not wearing his full uniform, rather a top hat(which is now in the National Museum Cardiff) and black tail coat.