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Re: Photographs / Portraits of Napoleonic veterans

Postby Josh&Historyland » January 23rd, 2015, 7:54 pm

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Re: Photographs / Portraits of Napoleonic veterans

Postby OXFORDMON » January 24th, 2015, 6:25 pm

Its a good question Josh, it would be great to know the service history of these gentlemen, did all the regiments they represent participate at Waterloo?

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Re: Photographs / Portraits of Napoleonic veterans

Postby Josh&Historyland » January 25th, 2015, 5:12 pm

Good idea Andy, I'll start there.

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Re: Photographs / Portraits of Napoleonic veterans

Postby jasonubych » February 2nd, 2015, 1:55 pm

Found this Photo today of Lieutenant Macrae 78th.
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Lieutenant Farquhar Macrae, who was born at Touloisich in 1786, obtained a commission in the 2nd Battalion of the 78th, on the 24th June, 1805, through the influence of his elder brother, Christopher. He accompanied the 2/78th in the expedition to Scicily and Calabria in 1803, and was present at the battle of Maida, and the capture of the fortresses of Scylla and Cotrone.
Served with the same battalion in the expedition to Egypt in 1807, including the first and second capture of Rosetta, the surrender of Alexandria, and the action at El Hamet. Promoted Lieutenant, 21st January, 1808. Transferred to the 1st Battalion 78th and served in India and Java, 1811, being present at the taking of the Fort Cornelis.
When proceeding from Java to India with a wing of the 78th, the transport was wrecked on the Island of Preparis in November 1816, Great hardships were endured by the troops, who were 5 weeks on the barren island.

Christopher Macrae, Farquhar's brother was killed at the action at El Hamet, 21st April, 1807. Thier half brother John was a sergeant in the same battalion, and greatly distinguished himself in that unfortunate affair, wher he is said to have killed six men with his broadsword, but having dashed out of the square and killed a Turkish leader, he himself was mortally wounded on his way back.

I found this in an old 1920's Seaforth's Magazine. Is he wearing a long service medal?

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Re: Photographs / Portraits of Napoleonic veterans

Postby Josh&Historyland » February 2nd, 2015, 11:29 pm

Don't know about the medal, but a veteran of the Italian campaigns etc is rare!

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Re: Photographs / Portraits of Napoleonic veterans

Postby jasonubych » February 8th, 2015, 11:48 am

Richard Simmons
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Richard Simmons (1775-1862)) Parish Beadle for Broxbourne and Postman for Braughing who fought in the Battle of Waterloo, 1815
Thanks to; http://www.hertsmemories.org.uk/page_id ... _9703.aspx

There was no detail but I did find a Richard Simmons on the Waterloo medals list, in the 40th foot.
Not sure if it has been posted before.

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Re: Photographs / Portraits of Napoleonic veterans

Postby Josh&Historyland » February 8th, 2015, 1:00 pm

Not seen him before, nice find.

I've not found any photos but two rather realistic pictures.

One is Sergeant Major Dickson, Scot's Grey's (last survivor of the regiment, you'd think he'd have a photo somewhere but I've not found it)

http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/t ... 1014516087

The other is General Castaños the victor of Balien.

http://es.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisc ... r_Castanos

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Re: Photographs / Portraits of Napoleonic veterans

Postby OXFORDMON » February 8th, 2015, 6:40 pm

More good finds, keep em' coming!

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Re: Last Napoleonic Veterans

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » July 4th, 2015, 1:46 pm

Dominique T. wrote:Louis Victor Baillot died at 105 years in 1898. He seems to have been the last French Waterloo veteran.
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Information about M. Baillot has been published on http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/201 ... ng-soldier

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Re: Photographs / Portraits of Napoleonic veterans

Postby OXFORDMON » July 4th, 2015, 2:19 pm

Thank you for the link Sarah, 'those squinting eyes saw Napoleon' ...why I love these old photos!

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