The Collection of Medals formed by the late John Darwent

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Date of Auction: 2nd April 2004

Sold for £3,600

Estimate: £2,000 - £2,500

Waterloo 1815 (Lieut. J. C. Wallington, 10th Royal Reg. Hussars) fitted with contemporary silver clip and bar suspension, edge bruising and contact wear, otherwise nearly very fine £2000-2500


John Clement Wallington was born in Ealing, Middlesex, on 5 July 1792. He was first commissioned as a Cornet, without purchase, into the 12th Dragoons on 21 October 1813. He exchanged into the 10th Hussars on 12 November 1814 and purchased his Lieutenancy on the 27th of the same month. He served in France and the Netherlands, from April 1815 to January 1816, and was present at the battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo. According to a typed note once accompanying this medal (but no longer present) ‘His charger was shot from under him at Waterloo by a cannon ball which went on to kill a fellow officer and is on exhibition at the Imperial War Museum.’

Wallington became a Captain in the 10th Hussars, by purchase, on 16 December 1824. He accompanied the regiment on the expedition to Portugal from January 1827 until March 1828, in support of the Prince Regent of Portugal against a hostile aggression from Spain. Promoted to Major in 1833, and to Lieutenant-Colonel in 1846, Wallington briefly held command of the 10th Hussars before retiring in the same year. Lieutenant-Colonel Wallington died about 1875. Sold with some research.