Waterloo Medal 1815, William Dodson, Royal Horse Guards, wounded in action at Waterloo by a gunshot to the left shoulder, being discharged as unfit for further service, veteran of 18 years.
Officially impressed with stars: “***WILLIAM DODSON, ROYAL HORSE GUARDS.***”
Attractive condition for a Waterloo Medal, some light contact marking, with a clip and split ring suspension.
William Dodson was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, during 1780. He first enlisted for unlimited service with the Royal Horse Guards aged 19 on 13th April 1800, having been a Clothier by trade.
He went onto serve for 16 years 110 days, earning an extra 2 years for the Battle of Waterloo before his discharge at Windsor Barracks as disabled due to his gunshot wound on 1st August 1816, his total service allowed being 18 years 110 days.
Upon his discharge he was stated as 5 foot 10 1/2 inches tall, with black hair, grey eyes and a brown complexion and “has several marks on the left shoulder front and rear, occasioned by a gunshot wound at the battle of Waterloo.’ The surgeon reporting that: “William Dodson, by a gunshot wound at the Battle of Waterloo on the 18th of June 1815, Disabled from service.”
At the Battle of Waterloo the Royal Horse Guards mustered 237 men, during the battle 106 of them became casualties.
He had seen his service in Major Drake’s Troop.
In his retirement he returned home to Bradford, and died on 4th June 1836 in Wilsden, Bradford, Yorkshire aged 56.