The Robin Scott-Smith Collection of Medals to Casualties

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Date of Auction: 17th July 2019

Sold for £2,400

Estimate: £2,400 - £2,800

The Waterloo Medal awarded to Private Alexander Shand, 1st Battalion, 92nd Highlanders, who received a gun shot wound in the left thigh at Quatre Bras

Waterloo 1815 (Alexander Shand, 1st Batt. 92nd Highlanders.) fitted with original steel clip and ring suspension, minor edge bruising and marks, otherwise good very fine £2,400-£2,800


Alexander Shand was born in the Parish of Belly, near Fochabers, County Morray, and enlisted into the Gordon Highlanders on 12 April 1794, aged 20, a labourer by trade and one of the regiment’s earliest recruits. He served for a total of 21 years 6 months before being discharged on 30 September 1815, in consequence of a ‘Gunshot Wound of left thigh received at Quatre Bras 16 June 1815 & Chronic Rheumatism.’ He was then aged 41 and tall for his time, standing just half an inch short of six feet. He was admitted to an Out-Pension at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, and remarkably survived long enough to claim the M.G.S. medal to bear testimony to his eventful service. It had the maximum nine clasps earned by the regiment - Egypt, Corruna, Fuentes D’Onor, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes and Toulouse. It is most likely that he would have accompanied the regiment for service in the Irish Rebellion in 1798, the campaign in Holland in 1799, and the expeditions to Copenhagen in 1807 and the Walcheren in 1809.

Sold with copied discharge papers.