Orders, Decorations and Medals (4 December 2001)

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Date of Auction: 4th December 2001

Sold for £1,750

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,400

Military General Service 1793-1814, 2 clasps, Vittoria, Toulouse (C. Walker, Lieut. 5th Dgn. Gds.) extremely fine £1200-1400


Charles Walker served a year as an Ensign in the 37th Foot prior to his appointment as a Lieutenant in the Kildare Militia, in which regiment he served from 1800 to 1806. He was appointed Cornet, without purchase, in the 5th Dragoon Guards on 1 January 1807, having procured upwards of sixty men for service in the army; Lieutenant, 20 December 1810; Captain, 29 May 1817; Major, 24 July 1823; retired 6 April 1826.

Walker served with the regiment in the Peninsula from 1811-14 and was severely wounded at Llerena on 11 April 1812 (London Gazette 9 May 1812). He died at Aldringham, Suffolk, on 7 November 1854. Sold with various copied papers including some relating to the purchase of a Troop in the regiment and a copy of Lieut.-General Stapleton Cotton’s despatch on the successful attack by the cavalry on the enemy’s rear guard at Llerena. The only officer casualties in this action were Major Prescott, slightly, and Lieutenant Walker, severely wounded, both of the 5th Dragoon Guards.