The Robin Scott-Smith Collection of Medals to Casualties

Date of Auction: 17th July 2019

Sold for £2,400

Estimate: £2,000 - £2,400

The Peninsula War Medal awarded to Colour-Sergeant William Rogers, 7th Foot, who was wounded in the right thigh, in the ‘privates’ and in the left foot at Albuhera; he afterwards served at New Orleans

Military General Service 1793-1814, 3 clasps, Talavera, Busaco, Albuhera (William Rogers, Serjt. 7th Foot) minor edge nicks, otherwise good very fine £2,000-£2,400


Provenance: recorded by E. E. Needes with a Mr Hyman in October 1911; Glendining’s, May 1937.

William Rogers was born in the Parish of South Hill, Biggleswade, Bedford, and enlisted into the 7th Foot at North Yarmouth, Norfolk, on 1 April 1809, aged 18. He was discharged in the rank of Sergeant after his first period of service on 25 May 1815, but re-enlisted on 1 December 1817, becoming Corporal in June 1823 and Sergeant in August 1824. He was reduced to Private on 25 September 1829, but again rose through the ranks to become Corporal in June 1830 and Sergeant in October 1830, and was finally discharged as Colour-Sergeant in Dublin on 3 November 1838. His total service amounted to 28 years 51 days; he served ‘Two years in the Peninsula, at New Orleans, three years in France with the Army of Occupation, seven years in the Mediterranean & remainder at Home. Wounded in the right thigh at the battle of Albuhera, in the Privates & in the left foot. Present at the battle of Talavera & Busaco.’

Sold with copied discharge papers.