The Robin Scott-Smith Collection of Medals to Casualties

Date of Auction: 17th July 2019

Sold for £2,600

Estimate: £2,800 - £3,200

The Waterloo Medal awarded to Sergeant Thomas Lloyd, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards, who served at Waterloo in Lieutenant-Colonel Walpole’s (Light) Company and was wounded in the arm and thigh at the defence of Hougoumont Farm

Waterloo 1815 (Serj. Thomas Lloyd, 2nd Batt. Coldstream Gds.) fitted with steel clip and replacement ring suspension, the obverse heavily polished, good fine, the reverse rather better £2,800-£3,200


Thomas Lloyd was born in the Parish of Tavistock, Devon, and attested for the Coldstream Guards at Exeter on 23 October 1809, aged 22, a leather dresser by trade. He was promoted to Corporal on 24 February 1810, and to Sergeant on 24 February 1814. He served ‘two years and a half in the Netherlands and was present at the storming of Bergen op Zoom and was wounded in the Arm and Thigh at the Battle of Waterloo.’ As one of the seven Sergeants in Lieutenant-Colonel Walpole’s (Light) Company, he would have been at the forefront of the defence of Hougoumont. The Colour-Sergeant of the Light Company was Sergeant Biddle, whose surviving diary and documents give a detailed roll of his company annotated with those 40 rank and file killed and wounded, including Sergeant Lloyd. He was discharged in the rank of Colour-Sergeant, at his own request, on 7 June 1830, after a total service of 22 years 256 days, including 2 years for Waterloo.

Sold with copied discharge papers and a copy of Sergeant Biddle’s Light Company roll which also details Sergeant Lloyd’s ‘washing’ list.