Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (3 December 2020)

Date of Auction: 3rd December 2020

Sold for £3,800

Estimate: £3,800 - £4,400

Waterloo 1815 (William Provan, 2nd or R.N. Brit. Reg. Drag.) fitted with steel clip and replacement ring suspension, good very fine £3,800-£4,400


Provenance: Christie’s 1990.

William Provan was born at Barony, Glasgow, and was a calenderer by trade, employed in the textile industry to smooth and press finished cotton goods. He served in the Perth Fencible Cavalry from 1 November 1799 to 24 March 1800, and then transferred to the 28th Light Dragoons until 24 May 1802, when he joined the 2nd Dragoons. He was present at Waterloo in Captain Charles Barnard’s No. 1 Troop, a troop that suffered a high rate of casualties. Captain Barnard was himself killed having led the right squadron of the Greys into action before he fell. At some point after Waterloo, Provan transferred to No. 5 Troop and was discharged through Chelsea Pension office on 6 March 1816, in consequence of an ulcerated left leg from a contusion sustained at Waterloo in June 1815, He was then aged 33 years, with a total service of 13 years 4 months, including 2 years for Waterloo. He was granted a pension of 6d per day.