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Waterloo Medal 1815 to a Surgeon, 52nd Foot (Oxfordshire), Died in Service

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Waterloo Medal 1815 to : Assist. Surgeon P. Jones, 1st Batt. 52nd Reg. Foot.

Fitted with original steel clip and silver bar suspension, good very fine

 

Pryce Jones served as a Hospital Mate before being appointed an Assistant Surgeon in the Army on 20th April 1809, and posted to the 52nd Foot. He served with the 2nd Battalion in the Walcheren Expedition in 1809, and in the Peninsula from March 1811 to March 1812, including Sabugal and Fuentes d’Onor. He served with the 1st Battalion in the Netherlands campaign of 1814 and in the Waterloo campaign of 1815. Jones was appointed Surgeon in the 1st Foot on 7th September 1814 and placed on half-pay in March 1816. He returned to full-pay as Surgeon in the 50th Foot on 17th February 1820 and joined the regiment in Jamaica in January 1821. The 50th had arrived in Jamaica in 1819 and had suffered many losses from the ravages of yellow fever, including the commanding officer, Colonel Charles Hill, C.B., ten officers and more than 250 other ranks. Surgeon Jones was a replacement for Assistant-Surgeon Brown who had died in the previous outbreak of the fever but now he too fell victim to the fever and died on 9th December 1821.  In January 1819 the Regiment embarked for Jamaica, arriving at Port Royal 683 strong early in March. Yellow fever struck soon after their arrival, claiming 11 officers and 255 men by the end of the year. The Colonel, Hill died of the fever on 31st August 1819, having just received promotion to Colonel by brevet on the 12th August.

‘It is with much regret we notice that accounts have been received this week from Jamaica, which state the appearance of that dreadful scourge of the island, the yellow fever. The following is an extract from a letter, which we have received, dated Port Royal, Sept. 3rd, 1819:

“Colonel Sparrow, Deputy-Adjutant-General of the Forces, died on the 22nd of last month, of the yellow fever, which is now raging here in all its horrors. The 50th and 92nd Regiments are arrived here from Ireland, the latter so late as 4th of June - a season, when those assimilated to the climate, expect sickness. The fever broke out the latter end of June in the 50th Regiment, in the most aggravated and appalling form. Colonel Hill, Ensign Barlow (son of General Barlow), and seven other officers, with about 190 men, 23 women, and 15 children fell victims in a very short space of time; as well as Lieutenant-Colonel Blaney, two other officers, and 150 men and children of the 92nd. I lament to say, its ravages have by no means ceased. Sir Home Popham, who has evinced an anxiety to second the zealous exertions of our Commander-in-Chief, General Conran, has, in the most handsome manner, given up, for the use of the troops, the Serapis Convalescent ship; and his kindness, in every way, in our melancholy situation, does honour to his heart.

“A few days previous to the date of the letter, Colonel Hill, of the 50th regiment, the oldest person in the corps, and who had been 47 years in it, fell a sacrifice to his humanity. It is said that it arose from the men refusing to act as nurses to their comrades in the hospital, for all those who had done so had invariably died. After some pause, four privates of the grenadiers offered their services, which of course, were accepted. Two of them in a short time became victims of the pestilence, when the other two instantly withdrew their assistance. This hopeless state of things did not long remain, for Colonel Hill exclaimed, “Then my men, we must change our coats; since I cannot find a man in my regiment to attend a sick soldier, I must do it myself.” Many days did not elapse ere this noble minded officer was himself attacked with the same dreadful malady, which terminated in his death. He was universally respected, and his remains were followed to the grave by all the officers and men of the regiment, whose health permitted their doing so.’