Orders, Decorations and Medals (21 September 2007)

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Date of Auction: 21st September 2007

Sold for £5,500

Estimate: £3,000 - £3,500

Pair: Private William Peters, 1st Battalion, 92nd Highlanders, wounded at Waterloo

Military General Service 1793-1814, 4 clasps, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, Toulouse (William Peters, 92nd Foot); Waterloo 1815 (William Peters, 1st Bat. 92nd Highlanders) fitted with steel clip and ring suspension, the first with small collector’s number ‘825’ impressed by claw, good very fine, the second with some light pitting, very fine (2) £3000-3500


William Peters was born at Kerriemuir, Forfar, in about 1790, and enlisted at Forfar on 1 January 1809. He appears to have served initially in the 2nd Battalion and was transferred to the 1st Battalion in September 1813, joining it in France in time to see action at the battle of Nivelle, and subsequent actions at St Pierre [Nive], Arriverete, Orthes, Aire, and Toulouse. At Waterloo he served in Captain Archibald Ferrier’s Company, along with Sergeant David Robertson whose journal, published in 1842, contains an account of the part played by Ferrier’s company in the battle. Peters was wounded either at Quatre Bras or Waterloo and was transferred to the 3rd Garrison Battalion on 25 November 1815. He was finally discharged on 20 September 1816, having served a total of 6 years 264 days plus 2 years for Waterloo and 11 months under-age, and in consequence of ‘wounded left shoulder at Waterloo.’ He was still alive in December 1865, receiving his pension at Dundee. Sold with copy discharge papers and some muster details.