Waterloo Medal, 1815, John Edgar, 2nd Battalion 59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot.
Officially impressed: “*** JOHN EDGAR 2nd 59th REG. FOOT. ***” Some wear and rubbing to “John Edgar” section of naming, but still readable.
The medal is contact marked and has wear consistent with his service for 17 years after the battle and living to claim an M.G.S. during 1848.
John Edgar (Egar on his service papers), was born in Witham, Colchester, Essex, during 1794. He joined the Army aged only 15 at Colchester with the 59th Regiment of Foot as a Boy Soldier on 3rd February 1809.
Appointed as a Drummer from 25th November 1811 until 13th August 1811, then after a year as a Private between 25th August 1811 until 13th August 1812, he was appointed again as a Drummer for 2 years between 14th August 1812 and 24th September 1814.
When he fought at the Battle of Vittoria, Nive and the Siege of San Sebastian he was a young 18-19 year old Drummer in the regiment, spending 3 years in the Peninsula Wars.
He then served during the Battle of Waterloo with Captain Belche’s Company, however the regiment was held in the reserve and did not see much action during the battle.
Following the Peninsular War, he was not discharged like many men from the large reduction of the army, being Promoted to Corporal on 25th May 1820 until 8th November 1821, when he was again promoted to Sergeant, in which he served as until his discharge from 9th November 1821 until 6th December 1832.
Including his service at Waterloo he had served for 21 years 353 when he was discharged from further service on 6th December 1832.
His Military General Service Medal, with 3 bars for, Vittoria, San Sebastian and Nive is known to exist and appeared to sale by Glendinings January 1931, February 1953 and more recently with Baldwin during November 2001.