9 Feb 1777 - 11 Jul 1842
Date added: 1 Jul 2015
Charles Joseph Rivetts was christened on the 9th Feb 1777 St Pauls Covent Garden the youngest child of Godfrey Rivetts and Arabella Stell. He enlisted in the 10th Royal Hussars on 21 Jun 1804 at Birmingham, and Regiment, then stationed near Rye. He saw service with Sir John Moore and Wellington in the Peninsula and was with the Regiment at Waterloo.
For most of his service he was Paymaster Sargeant Major. I believe he may have been comparatively well educated. At Waterloo he was with Capt. John Gurwood’s troop. I have not found any evidence that his role in the battle was other than that of a Royal Hussar. The regiment took part in the skirmishes leading up to the battle, during one of which Capt. Gurwood was wounded, and the charge, with the 18th Hussars, led by Sir Hussey Vivian. For his services at Waterloo he was awarded Prize Money of £19-4s-4d as a “5th Class” of soldier.
After Waterloo Sargeant Rivetts stayed with the regiment until he was discharged on the 7th February 1821, suffering from “Rheumatism and a Broken Constitution from exposure”. In 1830 his eldest daughter, Mary, married the son of Jack Crawford, the “hero of <the naval battle> of Camperdown(1797)” and whose actions gave rise the saying “he nailed his colours to the mast”.