Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (4 December 2002)

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Date of Auction: 4th December 2002

Sold for £6,500

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

The Waterloo Medal awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel James Fullarton, C.B., K.H., second in command of the 3rd Battalion, 95th Rifles, and wounded at Waterloo

Waterloo 1815 (Lt. Col. James Fullarton, 3rd Batt. 95th Reg. Foot) fitted with contemporary hinged gold bar suspension and gold ribbon buckle, last letter of christian name and whole surname re-touched, contact marks and edge bruising, otherwise better than good fine and scarce to this battalion £3000-4000


James Fullarton was born on the Island of Arran on 17 December 1782, and was appointed an Ensign in the 51st Foot on 24 December 1802. He was promoted to Lieutenant in July 1803 and served in the Candian War in the Island of Ceylon 1803-05, and was wounded in the leg in an affair of the Candians in July 1805. He served during the operations in Spain in 1808 and 1809, commanded the three light companies of General Leith’s Brigade when they repulsed an attack made by the enemy on the position of Sir John Moore’s Army, near Lugo, on 7 January 1809, and was present at the battle of Corunna on 16th of January.

Fullarton was promoted to Captain in the 95th Rifles on 7 May 1809, and was next present at the siege of Cadiz in 1811-12 and at the battle of Barossa on 5 March 1812. He served in the campaign of 1812 in the Peninsula under Lord Wellington, and in the campaign in Flanders, under Sir Thomas Graham, from January 1813. In the latter campaign he commanded the detachment of the 3rd Battalion Rifle Corps at the attack on the village of Merxem, near Antwerp, on 11 January 1814, was mentioned in despatches by Sir Thomas Graham, 14 January, also in General Orders and promoted to the rank of Brevet Major in consequence. He was also present at the second attack on the village of Merxem and at the bombardment of Antwerp on 6 February 1814. At the battle of Waterloo he commanded the 3rd Battalion of the 95th Rifles during the greater part of the day was wounded and promoted Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel in consequence. Fullarton was made a Companion of the Bath for his services at Waterloo but, despite his two brevet promotions, was not confirmed as Major until October 1821 or to Lieutenant-Colonel until October 1826, when he was unattached. In September 1827 he was appointed to the 96th Regiment, stationed at Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was stationed briefly at Bermuda, from March to September 1828, before returning to Halifax where he died on 8 March 1834, having recently been appointed a Knight of Hanover.