The Channer Family Medals

Date of Auction: 22nd July 2016


Estimate: £1,600 - £1,800

Pair: Troop Sergeant-Major William Channer, 23rd Light Dragoons

Military General Service
1793-1814, 1 clasp, Talavera (W. Channer, 23rd Reg. Lt. Dragoons) unofficial re-impressed naming; Waterloo 1815 (Tr. [Serj.] Maj. W. Channer, 23rd Reg. Light Dragoons) fitted with contemporary replacement silver clip, ring and bar suspension, part of rank erased on the second, edge bruising and contact marks, otherwise fine or better (2) £1600-1800


William Channer was born at Hampstead, Hampshire (actually Hamstead, Isle of Wight) circa 1780, and enlisted into the 23rd ‘Lancers’ on 24 January 1799. He was promoted to Corporal in February 1806, and to Sergeant in October 1810. He was a Sergeant in Captain Dance’s No. 5 Troop at Waterloo and was promoted to Troop Sergeant-Major on the day following the battle. On the reduction of the 23rd Light Dragoons, Channer enlisted into the 19th Lancers at Weymouth on 25 November 1817, then aged 37 years. He was discharged at Dublin on 10 September 1821 in consequence of ‘the reduction of the Corps and impaired functions of left arm from a fracture of the humerus sustained on duty at Middlemarsh, Dorsetshire in December 1816.’ His total service amounted to 24 years 230 days, including 2 years for Waterloo, his conduct being described as ‘most excellent’. He was admitted to an out-pension at Kilmainham Hospital on 26 September 1821. His name does not appear on the medal roll for the M.G.S. medal. Sold with copied discharge papers and pay-lists for the Waterloo period.