The Collection of Medals formed by the late John Seabrook

Date of Auction: 28th March 2002

Sold for £2,000

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,400

Waterloo 1815 (John Oldham, 1st or Royal Dragoons) fitted with steel clip and ring suspension, small edge bruise, otherwise better than very fine £1200-1400


John Oldham had his arm fractured near the shoulder joint at Waterloo where his regiment made a memorable charge against a French column of 4,000 men, emerging after a desperate fight with the Eagle of the 105th Regiment. Oldham, a weaver from Middleton in Lancashire, joined the regiment in 1804, serving in Captain Carden's troop at Waterloo. As a result of his wounds received on the 18th June, he was discharged on the 24th October 1815, ‘A Good Soldier’, and admitted to Chelsea Hospital as a pensioner on 24th June 1816.