Captain Edward Bowater (seen here at the front) was born in 1787, the only son of Admiral Bowater. He joined the 3rd Guards in 1804 and served in the Peninsula where he was wounded at Talavera. He was wounded at Waterloo and for these wounds later received £284-15-6. He was afterwards a Groom-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria and a Colonel-in-Chief of the 49th (Hertfordshire) Foot. In 1861 he was sent, with Lady Bowater, to accompany the ailing Prince Leopold for a winter in the south of France but died at Cannes.
Behind Bowater we see Private George Osborne scrounging some ammo from Private Jarvis Kent. Kent was killed during the defence of Hougoumont. Captain Bowater was tended, whilst still inside Hougoumont, by the wife of Osbourne who was accompanying her husband on campaign. She attended many of the wounded officers and men, tearing up her spare clothes to make bandages, until she herself was wounded, being hit by a musket ball in the left arm and breast. In view of her bravery and assistance at Hougoumont, Bowater saw to it that she was granted a form of pension , known as “the Queen’s bounty”, until her death.
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