Waterloo 1815, Robert Smalley, 2nd Battallion, 73rd Regiment of Foot, wounded in action at Waterloo.
Officially impressed with stars: “**ROBERT SMALLEY, 2nd BATT. 73rd REG. FOOT.**”
A superb medal to one of the finest regiments to fight at Waterloo, during the battle, Robert Smalley was one of 336 men to become casualties out of a strength of 563, a 60% casualty rate, as members of Colin Halkett’s Brigade, they formed squares and were charged by French Cavalry no less than 11 times during the battle and were battered by repeated French Artillery, they gallantly remained in square without breaking once.
Robert Smalley was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, attesting for the 2nd 73rd Foot on 2nd June 1813, aged 22. He had been promoted to Corporal on 3rd June 1814 but was reduced back to private on 25th March 1815.
He served in Captain John Garland’s No 2. Company for the Waterloo Campaign.
Following the battle and the consequent occupation of France, he was discharged, “In consequence of a wound of the left arm received at Waterloo” having served for 2 years 292 days, with another 2 years service credited for Waterloo.
With copy service papers.