The Collection of Medals formed by The Late John Hillard
Date of Auction: 31st March 2010
Sold for £1,200
Estimate: £600 - £800
FootnoteThomas Legg is confirmed on the published roll as having been awarded the above described Medal & clasps.
The 48th (Northamptonshire) Regiment sustained particularly heavy casualties at Talavera and Albuhera - a total of around 750 men killed or wounded - thereby necessitating the temporary amalgamation of the 1st and 2nd Battalions. Of the regiment’s part in the former battle, when the Northamptonshires plugged a gaping hole in our line after the second French onslaught, Wellington wrote, ‘The battle was certainly saved by the advance, position and steady conduct of the 48th Regiment.’