An Important Collection of Waterloo Medals

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Date of Auction: 8th December 1994

Sold for £2,200

Estimate: £2,200 - £2,600

WATERLOO 1815 (Corporal Samuel Tar, 2nd or R.N. Brit. Reg. Drag.) fitted with steel clip and ring suspender, edge bruises and contact marks, nearly very fine

Footnote

Samuel Tar (r) was born at Biggleswade in Bedfordshire and enlisted on 26 December 1804, at the age of eighteen. He was a Corporal in Captain Vernor's troop at Waterloo, the very troop that numbered among its members one of the most famous Waterloo Heroes Sergeant Charles Ewart who captured the Eagle of the French 45th Regiment. Samuel Tarr was evidently in the thick of the fighting as evidenced by his discharge papers which state that he was 'severely wounded by a bayonet in the left foot and by a lance in the left leg and between the shoulders on the 18th of June 1815 at Waterloo.'