Waterloo 1815, Charles Shultz, Bugleman, 1st Light Infantry Battalion King’s German Legion.
“CHA. SCHULTZ. BUGLEMAN. 1st LIGHT BATT. K.G.L.”
The two Light Battalions of the K.G.L. took heavy casualties in the defence of the farm at La Haye Sainte, the 1st Battalion fielded 423 men for the battle, during the battle they totalled 4 Officers Killed & 9 Wounded with 37 Other Ranks Killed, 82 wounded and 13 missing, 145 in total became casualties, 34% of their strength, for their gallantry in action and their odd Green uniforms, they were nicknamed by the French as “Les Coquins Verts” the “Green Rascals”.
Bugleman Schultz was the sole Bugler of the 3rd Company, 1st Light Battalion King’s German Legion.
The 2nd Light Battalion K.G.L. were posted to defend La Haye Sainte, entrenching themselves in the farm, a garrison of about 400 Germans holding the most important position of the battle.
From The King’s German Legion by Otto von Pivka;
In the centre of the allied line, directly north of La Haye Sainte and across the line of the Genappe-Brussels road – the 2nd Brigade of the Legion (part of Alten’s 3rd Division) commanded by Colonel Ompteda: 1st and 2nd Light Battalions, 5th and 8th Line Battalions.
The 1st Light Battalion was formed in column of companies at quarter distance, left in front; it was just behind the crossroads. To it’s right stood the 5th Line Battalion, formed in column at quarter distance on one of it’s centre companies. Behind these two columns was the 8th Line Battalion, deployed as for the 5th. the 2nd Light Battalion occupied the farm of La Haye Sainte and put it into a fortified state.”