Peninsula War Medals from the Collection of the late A.L.T. Mullen

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Date of Auction: 29th June 2006

Sold for £650

Estimate: £550 - £650

Military General Service 1793-1814, 1 clasp, Talavera (Wm. Burman, 23rd Lt. Dragns.) edge bruising and contact marks, nearly very fine £550-650


Ex Chadwick Collection 1912.

William Burman was born in the Parish of Creton All Saints, Suffolk. A Labourer by occupation, he enlisted into the 23rd Light Dragoons, for unlimited service, in March 1805, aged 19 years, 112 days. With the unit he served at the battle of Talavera. This was the sole major battle in which the regiment was engaged whilst in Portugal and Spain. Heavily involved in the latter part of the battle, they suffered 49 killed, 50 wounded and 108 missing. Such were the casualties to men and horses that the survivors were returned to England and not actively employed again until 1815. William Burman served in Captain Dance’s Troop, 23rd Light Dragoons in the Waterloo Campaign, the regiment being part of Major-General Sir William Dornberg’s 3rd Brigade. Burman was discharged from the 23rd Lancers on their disbandment in November 1817. Volunteering for the 7th Hussars, he was discharged on 18 December 1818. Sold with copied service details and notes.