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

Date of Auction: 27th February 2019

Sold for £3,200

Estimate: £3,600 - £4,600

The Waterloo medal awarded to Ensign George Stainforth, 23rd Foot

Waterloo 1815 (Ensign Geo. Stainforth, 23rd. Regiment Foot, R.W.F.) fitted with original steel clip and ring suspension, some light edge bruising and marks, otherwise better than very fine £3,600-£4,600


George Stainforth was commissioned Ensign in the 23rd R.W.F. on 29 July 1813. He served in the Peninsula in April 1814, and in No. 2 Company (Captain Strangway) at Waterloo, and was promoted to Lieutenant on 19 July 1815. He was declared supernumerary to establishment in February 1817 and placed on half pay the following March. He was still on the half pay when he died at Nivelle in Belgium on 27 April 1860.

According to Not Found Wanting, The Stainforth Family History, by Peter Stainforth, Ensign George Stainforth was wounded at Waterloo: ‘George's fate was to be dragged to the centre of the Square, where orderlies staunched the loss of blood with a pad bound tightly by strips torn from his shirt, and there he lay while the fury of the battle raged all about him for the remainder of the day...’