Waterloo 1815, Private Joseph Peacock, 2nd 69th Regiment of Foot, South Lincolnshire’s, Wounded in action at Waterloo and later died on service in India.
Pte Peacock joined the 69th Foot on 1st February 1813, joining the Regiment from Ely at Woodbridge on 6th April 1813.
The regiment was sent abroad to and he was in Ypres & Flanders from the Depot on 3rd October 1814.
He was transferred to the 2nd Battalion on 28th September 1814.
He was then present in the Battle of Waterloo, he was a member of No. 5 Company commanded by Capt Matthew Jenmour.
His Company consisted of 42 men, 15 of which suffered casualties, Peacock was one of Eight young soldiers who were under age 20.
Out of the entire regiment, which has heavily involved in Halkett’s Brigade during the battle they suffered 240 casualties out of a strength of 516, a 46% rate.
The 2nd 69th, with 30 Officers and 516 other ranks, were commanded by Colonel Charles Morice and brigaded with the 2nd 30th, 1st 33rd & 2nd 73rd, under Major General Sir Colin Halkett, as an element of the 3rd Division.
A superb account of the 2nd 69th during the battle from the “History of the Royal Regiment of Wales” by JM Bereton can be read here;
He was wounded in action during the battle and for the rest of the years Muster entries he was held at General Hospital.
After the reduction of the Army he stayed on service, being sent to India arriving at Bangalore/Nadoor on 25th June 1818.
After 4 years of service in India a few visits in Hospital, he died at Cannanore on 6th October 1822.
With copy musters and summary of services as gathered from them, medal is in great condition for a waterloo with only some contact wear, fitted with a silver clip and straight bar suspension.