The Robin Scott-Smith Collection of Medals to Casualties

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Date of Auction: 17th July 2019

Sold for £6,500

Estimate: £5,000 - £6,000

The Waterloo Medal awarded to Private David Crighton, 2nd Dragoons (Scots Greys), who received a severe gun shot wound to the belly at Waterloo and was originally recorded as having been killed in action

Waterloo 1815 (David Crighton 2nd or R.N. Brit. Reg. Drag.) fitted with steel clip and ring suspension, light edge bruising and marks, otherwise very fine £5,000-£6,000


Provenance: Seaforth Collection 1870, sold Sotheby, June 1886.

David Crighton was born in the Parish of Dalmelington, Ayr, and enlisted for the 2nd Dragoons on 3 January 1810, aged 18. He was discharged at Rouen, France, on 8 October 1815, in consequence of ‘gun shot wound of Belly received 18th June 1815 at Waterloo in action with the enemy.’ He served in Captain Cheney’s Troop at Waterloo and injuries were probably so severe that he was thought unlikely to survive and thus erroneously appears on Almack’s Roll of Honour as having been killed in action. In fact, he was one of the first three ‘Waterloo men’ of the Scots Greys admitted to an Out-Pension at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, on 2 November 1815, in consequence of their wounds. David Crighton died in 1851.

Sold with copied discharge papers and other research.