An Important Collection of Waterloo Medals

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Date of Auction: 8th December 1994

Sold for £2,900

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Pair: Lieutenant Andrew Heartley, Royal Horse Guards, Military Knight of Windsor

WATERLOO 1815 (Corp., Royal Horse Guards) fitted with contemporary silver bar suspender; MILITARY GENERAL SERVICE 1793-1814, 2 clasps, Vittoria, Toulouse (Corpl., R.H. Gds.) the first with considerable contact wear and edge bruising, good fine, the second with heavy edge bruise, otherwise nearly very fine (2)

Footnote

The pair is sold with an original watercolour portrait of the recipient as a Military Knight of Windsor, 250 x 210 mm.

Andrew Heartley, born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, enlisted in the Royal Horse Guards in March 1810 and was present in the Peninsula at the battles of Vittoria and Toulouse, also in the campaign of 1815 at the battle of Waterloo where, as the senior NCO, he was effectively Corporal-Major in which rank he was confirmed on 13 July 1815, and commissioned Quarter Master, without purchase, on 12 December 1822. He was, for some 25 years, Captain and Adjutant of the East Kent Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry. He lost his left hand in firing a canon at a review at Eastwell Park in Kent. His sad case was represented by Lord Winchelsea to William IV, who thereupon nominated him as a Military Knight of Windsor, being admitted on 20 July 1837. Andrew Heartley died at Windsor on 13 February 1861.