Waterloo Medal 1815 to The 1st Foot, Royal Scots, Suffered 60% Casualties, Lewis
Impressed to * * James Lewis, 3rd Bat. 1st Foot or R. Scots. * * *
Good Fine Condition.
With a steel clip and ring suspension, also a silver brooch bar, some edge bruising, contact marks, small cuts to edge at 8 o’clock,
James Lewis, 1st Regiment (Royal Scots) served in the Peninsula War and was later able to claim a Military General Service Medal with clasps for Salamanca and St. Sebastian. In the Waterloo campaign he served in Captain J. MacRa’s Company No. 4, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment. Listed in Mullen as a Kilmainham In-Pensioner.
With copied roll extracts.
None suffered as the 3rd 1st at St Sebastian. Having lost some 200 killed or wounded in the breach during the failed assault the regiment took part in the final assault losing a further 200 killed and wounded. It is well written of the slaughter that followed by the survivors incensed at their grievous loss. The 1st was said to have numbered a little over 200 upon the fall of the city.
The regiment was also heavily engaged at Quatres Bras and Waterloo where they sustained some 350 casualties from a strength of 600.