A Collection of Medals to the 23rd Foot Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Date of Auction: 27th February 2019

Sold for £1,200

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500

Waterloo 1815 (Mark Pyke, 23rd. Regiment Foot. R.W.F.) pierced at 12 o’clock and re-fitted with steel clip and ring suspension, graffiti in obverse fields, edge bruising and contact marks, better than good fine £1,200-£1,500


Mark Pyke was born at Henley, Oxfordshire, and volunteered to the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Foot, on 21 May 1813, from the Berkshire Militia in which he had served since 2 September 1808. He was transferred to the 1st Battalion on 10 August 1813, and embarked for Flanders on 23 March 1815. He was present at the battle of Waterloo in Captain Harrison’s No. 3 Company, and remained in France with the Army of Occupation until 25 November 1818, when he was invalided from Valenciennes to Chatham where he was discharged in consequence of ‘epileptic fits and subject to fever.’ Sold with copied discharge papers and muster details.