Saturday 8 June 2013

Rifles - finished

Here is No.1 (Miller's) Company 2nd Battalion 95th regiment as they pour volleys into the Chasseurs a Pied of the Imperial Guard in Napoleon's final attack. Those names in pink were wounded, those in red were killed or died of wounds.

(front row) Corporal Dan Killing, Private Sam Doggett, Sam Hardy, Lieutenant John Fry, Privates Alex Smith, George Columbine,  Daniel Gardiner, James Giff, Corporal George Perry, Captain George Miller)
(back row) Privates William Halfpenny, Dennis Duff, Richard Jordan, Serjeant John Rutledge, Privates Richard Underhill, William Wood, George Turnbull, William Smith 1st, Henry Pollard, James King, John Francis)

(front row) Privates William Plunkett, Thomas Smith, William Willington, Luke Benton, Sam Cheetham, John Mitchell, John Pearce, William Aldridge, John Kinch, James Saunders
(back row) Corporal Willam Day, Privates Thomas Johnson, Thomas Jones 1st, Charles Dullea, John Himbury, Joseph Kemp, Joseph Luscombe, William Jones 1st, John Perry, Zachariah Giles, Patrick DignamJohn Daniels, James Spencer)

in the rear are Bugler Charles Perry, Serjeant James Stanley and Lieutenant & Adjutant Thomas Lawrence Smith.

(front row) Private Benjamin Child, Corporal Michael Nangle, Privates James Bennett, Joseph Elliot,  Thomas Conquest, Howel Bevon, John Hart 2nd, Cornelius O'Connor, Lt Thomas Cochrane, Privates Patrick Jelly, John Lewis, David Hague)
(back row) Corporal James McChristol, Privates William Wells, William Brockenborough, George Hopkins, Thomas Lawrenow, Corporal John Burrows, Privates Edward Marriot, William Hurst, Thomas Knight, Peter Street, William Suthers, Richard Voss, William Stamp)

 (front row) Corporal John Cocker, Private George O'Neil, Robert Fulton, William Edwards, William Greyson, Thomas Bushmill, Thomas Jordan, Owen Sullivan
(back row) Privates Thomas Tiffily, John Wyndham,  Richard Spatfield, James Sell, Nathanial Wood, John Sullivan, Corporal Alexander Watt

 The 2nd battalion ranks were comprised of 69% English, 19% Irish, 8% Scottish, and 4% Welsh.
Miller's company suffered 29 casualties - Privates John Daniels, John Francis, and Robert Fulton were killed in action, Samuel Doggett died of his wounds.

When Lt Colonel Amos Norcott had been wounded at 5pm, command had fallen to Lt-Colonel George Wilkins. who then "...whilst talking to the Duke in square prior to the final attack (of the Imperial Guard)  "both himself and horse were felled to the ground by the enemies [sic] artillery."

Thus Adjutant Smith may well have been the only mounted officer by the end of the evening (assuming his horse had not also been a casualty!)
Serjeant James Stanley, wounded in the final attack, had served in the regiment since 1805. He was from Sheepshead in Leicestershire, and aged 33 at Waterloo.


  1. Really great painting and information. I am happy to see your soldiers based.


  2. Stunning result! Great photos and an interesting read too.

  3. Super painting - and seeing the casualties listed like that brings home what a densely packed and lethal battlefield Waterloo was. What do you have planned for the 18th? Anything special?

  4. I'm glad to see further progress with your great project.

    Thanks for the interesting history lesson and the nice pictures.

    Carry on with it!

  5. Many thanks for the comments as always. LittleArmies - any hope for doing something special today (18th) have been zapped by this being the busiest day at work I've ever had! As Wellington would have said "Bring me night or the Prussians"!

  6. This is fantastic! I am William Edwards's x4 Great Grandson. He emigrated to Western Australia in 1830 and became a successful land owner/farmer. Where could I find more information about him?