Napoleon Series Archive 2004

Where the Colours of the 69th Foot Went

I came across this passage recently:

From With the 69th in the Waterloo Campaign Darlington: Napoleonic Archive, n.d. Page 33

"After its capture, the colour of the 69th ended up in the possession of General François Xavier-Donzelot, becoming the property of his Great Nephew, Louis Xavier de Ricard. In 1909 however, a British tourist named Mr. J. Jeffcock (late captain in the Inniskilling Dragoons) was visiting the Château of Azay-le-Rideau, when he observed two colours on display, and marked "For Sale". The lodge porter stated that the two flags were given to him by M. de Ricard as security for a loan. The loan had been for 600 francs., and Mr Jeffcock secured them by paying £24. One of the colours was the Kings colour of the second battalion of the 69th Regiment, as captured at Quatre Bras on the 16th of June 1815! the other was said to belong to a Dutch Regiment, and featured a red lion on a yellow ground.

The 69th's Kings colour was damaged, especially around the embroidery in the centre, but was renovated after its return to the Regiment."

Messages In This Thread

Where the Colours of the 69th Foot Went
Re: Where the Colours of the 69th Foot Went
Re: Where the Colours of the 69th Foot Went
The Prince of Orange and the 69th
Re: The Prince of Orange and the 69th
Photo of the 69th's Colours *PIC*
Re: Where the Colours of the 69th Foot Went