Date added: 23 May 2015
Otto Ferdinand "Diedrick" Ricks was born in about 1787 in Drakenburg, Hanover, and was my 3 x great grandfather. His army record describes him as being 5ft 6ins tall with a sallow complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair, and by occupation a musician.
He joined the King's German Legion, 2nd Light Battalion on 10th February 1805 as a rifleman and took part in 7 major campaigns of The Peninsular War between 1811 and 1813.
At the battle of Waterloo, the KGL 2nd Light Battalion gallantly defended the farmhouse La Haye Sainte for most of the day. After a 6 hour defence without reinforcements or ammunition, they were forced to withdraw leaving many dead behind. Diedrick's brother Frederick Ricks was also at Waterloo as a "boy".
Diedrick's first wife was Colletta Bonhardt from Ostend (my 3 x great grandmother) with whom he had 8 children, and he had a further 8 children with his second wife Ann Maria Macken from Ireland, so I am one of many descendants.
Diedrick remained in the army as bandmaster and died on 27 November 1861 in Plymouth.