Waterloo 1815, John Reed, 1st Battalion, 40th Regiment of Foot, wounded in action at Waterloo, losing one of his eyes.
Born in Dalton, Shipton Mallet, Somersetshire, John Reed joined the 40th Foot on 5th November 1813.
During the Battle of Waterloo he was a part of Captain E.C. Bowen’s No 1 Company, the total casualties suffered by the regiment were 219 out of 761 Men, amounting to 29% of their number suffering wounds or being Killed in action.
At the battle on the 18th June 1815, he suffered a Gun Shot wound to the left eye, resulting in its loss.
Due to the nature of his wounds as the campaign ended he was discharged as unfit for further service on 26th November 1816.
Ex Glendinings April 1909, December 1951 & December 1988.
With copy service papers, a few edge knocks from general wear on very old piece of ribbon sewn onto a flat bar.