Date added: 28 Jan 2015
John Oliver was born at Midgley Gate farm near Wincle, Cheshire in December 1766, the eldest son of Joseph and Elizabeth Oliver.
His discharge paper shows his age as 49 years & 8/12 months on 31st August 1816 and is notated with ‘Waterloo’.
He enlisted at Birmingham on 16th February 1795, and the record shows him as being 6 feet 1 inch tall, with light hair, grey eyes and a fresh complexion, and he could read and write. He rose through the ranks of Gunner, Bombardier, Corporal, Serjeant and eventually Company Serjeant of Sandham’s Company.
Sandham’s Company are known for firing the first allied artillery shots at Waterloo and John Oliver, as Company Serjeant, would have given that order to fire.
He was survived by his only known son, John Oliver, born January 1809. John was my great great great grandfather.