Research Subjects: Eyewitness Accounts

British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars: Enlisted Memoirs

By Robert Burnham

Contrary to popular belief, many soldiers in the British Army were literate. Some wrote memoirs, others kept diaries, and some wrote home fairly frequently. This listing is alphabetical by the soldier's last name.

Abbott, John. "Letter to Anne Bank dated 12 November 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume VI: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2014. Pages 155 - 157

Notes: ws a private in Major John Keyt's Company of the 51st Foot at Waterloo.

Aldridge, William. "Waterloo Letter # 128, dated December 1834" in Waterloo Letters. Herbert T. Siborne (ed.). London: Greenhill, 1993. Pages 301 - 303

Notes: was a corporal in Captain George Miller's Company 2nd Battalion 95th Rifles at Waterloo.

Anonymous. Jottings from My Sabretasch. Godmanchester: Ken Trotman; 2005. 292 pages.

Notes: 15th Hussars; Corunna Campaign; Peninsula 1813 – 1814; Waterloo.

Anonymous. "Letter to Father dated 24 June 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume VI: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2014. Pages 198 - 199

Notes: was a private in the 42nd Highlanders and severely wounded at Quatre Bras. Missed Waterloo because of wound.

Anonymous. "Letter to His Wife" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume I: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 31 - 33.

Notes: was a sergeant in the 2nd Royal North British Dragoons (Scots Greys).

Anonymous.  Personal Narrative of a Private Soldier in the 42nd Highlanders. Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1996. 289 pages.

Notes:  In 1st and 2nd Battalions; Corunna, Walcheren,  Peninsula 1812-1814; wounded at Toulouse.

Anton, James. Retrospect of a Military Life. Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1991. 395 pages.

Notes: was in the 42nd Highlanders. Covers 1813-1815

Armstrong, Richard. "Letter His Mother and Sisters dated 1 September 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume VI: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2014. Pages 157 - 158

Notes: was a private in Captain John Ross' Company 1st Battalion 51st Foot at Waterloo.

Bald, John. "Letter to His Mother dated 26 July 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume VI: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2014. Pages 231 - 233

Notes: was a private in Captain William Stewart's Number 1 Company 91st Foot at Waterloo.

Bingham, Thomas. "Letter to His Siblings dated 4 July 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume VI: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2014. Pages 37 - 38

Notes: was in the Royal Horse Guards at Waterloo.

Bingley, John. "Two Letters to His Father dated 17 May and 13 August 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume VI: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2014. Pages 39 - 41

Notes: was a private in H Troop of the Royal Horse Guards and seriously wounded at Waterloo.

Blainey, William. Bonaparte versus Blainey. Union Springs: Tallcot Bookshop; 1988. PB 48 pages.

Notes: Retired as a sergeant. Was in 51st Regiment; served in Walcheren and Peninsula from 1811 - 1814.

Bentinck, Richard. The Very Thing: the Memoirs of Drummer Richard Bentinck Royal Welch Fusiliers 1807-1823. Jonathan Crook (ed.). London: Frontline, 2011. 208 pages.

Notes: Served in 1st Battalion; at Copenhagen (1807), Martinique (1809), Peninsula (1810-1814), and Waterloo.

Boulter, Samuel. "Letter to His Brother dated 23 September 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume VI: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2014. Pages 78 - 80

Notes: was a private in Captain Fenton's Troop in the 2nd Dragoons at Waterloo.

Brown, Robert. An Impartial Journal of a Detachment from the Brigade of Foot Guards, Commencing 25th February 1793 and Ending 9th May 1795. Godmanchester: Ken Trotman; 2006.  280 page.

Notes: Was a corporal.

Brown, William. With the 45th at Badajoz, Salamanca, and Vittoria. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive; (no date; probably 2003). 44 pages.

Notes: Served in the 1st Battalion; arrived in the Peninsula in 1809 and fought at Busaco, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz (great descriptions of the assault and pillage of the city), Salamanca (great description of being ridden down by French cavalry), the 1813 retreat, and battle for Vitoria and the subsequent looting of the French baggage train. Also served as an officer's servant. Fantastic descriptions of the daily life of a soldier on campaign.

Brown, William. The Autobiography, Or Narrative of a Soldier. London: J. Paterson, 1829.

Notes: was a private and served in the 1st Battalion 45th Foot.

Byfield, Shadrach. The Adventures of Private Shadrach 41st Foot in North America, 1812 - 14. Gareth Glover (ed.) Godmanchester: Ken Trotman, 2017. 69 pages.

Notes: was in the Light Company. Fought at Detroit, the River Raisan, Point Frederick, Fort Niagara, and Black Rock where he lost his arm..

Calladine, George. Colour Sergeant Calladine. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive; ND.

Notes: Derbyshire Militia 1805;  19th Foot 1811. Ceylon 1814 - 1816.

Butler, Robert. Narrative of the Life and Travels of Serjeant ---- , written by himself. Edinburgh: David Brown, 1826.

Notes: was a fifer in the 26th Foot. In 1806 enlisted in the the 1st Foot and was the fife-major in India. The 3rd edition, which was published in 1854, is a much expanded edition.

Calladine, George. Diary of Colour-Sergeant George Calladine, 19th Foot, 1793-1837. Ferrar, M.L. (ed.). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, nd. 224 pages.

Notes: is a reprint of the 1922 edition; was in Derbyshire Militia 1805;  19th Foot 1811. Ceylon 1814 - 1816.

Clarke, William. "Letter to His Parents" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume I: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 27 - 31.

Notes: was a sergeant in Captain Robert Vernon's Troops of the 2nd Royal North British Dragoons (Scots Greys).

Clay, Mathew. Narrative of the Battle of Quatre Bras & Waterloo With the Defence of Hougoumont. Gareth Glover (ed.). Godmanchester: Ken Trotman; 2006. 43 pages 

Clay, Matthew. With the Guards at Hougoumont. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive. n.d. 20 pages.

Notes: Clay was a private in the Light Company of the 2nd Battalion 3rd Foot Guards. A great description of Quate Bras and the defense of Hougoumont from a private's perspective!

Colgan, Matthew. "Memoirs" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume IV: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2012. Pages 91- 96

Notes: was a sergeant in Captain George Luard's Troop of the 18th Hussars.

Collett, John. John Collet and the Company of Foot Guards. Barbara Chambers (ed.) Letchworth Garden City: Barbara Chambers; 1996. 2 vols.

Notes: 1st Foot Guards; 1803-1823; private; about 15% of  book is his diary.

Cooper, John S. Rough Notes of Seven Campaigns: 1809-1815. Staplehurst: Spellmount Library; 1996. 160 pages. ISBN: 1-873376-65-0

Notes: Rose to the rank of sergeant. Was in the 7th Fusiliers. In all of the major battles of Peninsula, plus New Orleans.

Costello, Edward. The Peninsular and Waterloo Campaigns Hamden: Archon Books; 1968. 194 pages. SBN: 208-00630-3

Notes: Was in 1st Battalion, 95th Rifles; 1809 - 1815. Wounded at Quatre Bras; missed Waterloo

Cotton, Edward. "Letter # 48, dated 7 September 1845" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Page 80

Notes: was a private in the 7th Hussars at Waterloo; wrote "A Voice from Waterloo".

Coulter, Richard. "Letter to His Cousin dated 20 July 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume VI: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2014. Pages 35 - 37

Notes: was a corporal in the 1st Life Guards at Waterloo. Horse was killed and he was wounded in hand and serious contusions in left arm. Great description of being trapped under his horse.

Critchley, Thomas. Letter, dated 24 July 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume IV: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2012. Pages 53 - 54

Notes: was a sergeant in Captain Phipps 5th Troop, 1st Royal Dragoons.

Cruikshank, A. "Waterloo Letter # 157, dated September 1839" in Waterloo Letters. Herbert T. Siborne (ed.). London: Greenhill, 1993. Pages 360 - 362

Notes: was a prvate in Captain William Marshall's Light Company 1st Battalion 79th Foot at Waterloo; "The Waterloo Medal Roll" lists his name as Carrickshank.

Dayes, John. Memoir of the Military Career of John Dayes, late Paymaster Sergeant of the 5th Regiment of Foot. Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 2004. 26 pages. 

Notes: Holland 1799; Buenos Aires 1806; Corunna Campaign; returned to the Peninsula in 1812.

Dewar, William. "Letter to His Brother dated 5 August 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume VI: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2014. Pages 191 - 194

Notes: was a colour sergeant in the 1st Battalion 79th Foot at Waterloo.

Dickson; Corporal. Scots Greys at Waterloo. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive; n.d. 39 pages.

Notes: Primarily the account of Corporal Dickson of F Troop (Captain Vernon's Troop). A great description of the charge of the Union Brigade.

Dickson, John. "Letters # 78 and 79, dated 24 April and 2 May 1843" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 138 - 139

Notes: was a sergeant in Captain Edward Whinyate's Royal Horse Artillery Rocket Troop at Waterloo; possibly a driver.

Dilley, James. "A Private of the 40th Foot at Badajoz". Edited by Gareth Glover. Waterloo Journal.Vol. 36 No. 1. Spring, 2015.

Notes: was in Major Richard Archdall's Company, 1st Battalion 40th Foot.. Is a Lletter to his parents dated 5 November 1811. Covers his wound at the 1st Siege of Badajoz on 5 May 1811.

Dunnett, Daniel. "Letter # 77, dated 1 May 1843" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Page 137

Notes: was a sergeant in Captain Edward Whinyate's Royal Horse Artillery Rocket Troop at Waterloo

Donaldson, Joseph. Recollections of the Eventful Life of a Soldier. Staplehurst: Spellmount; 2000. 499 pages. ISBN: 1-86277-085-6

Notes: Enlisted in 1809 and served in the Peninsula from 1809-1814. was a sergeant by the time he left the army.

Douglas, John, Douglas’s Tale of the Peninsula & Waterloo: 1808-1815. Stanley Monick (ed.) London: Leo Cooper; 1997. 133 pages.

Notes: Sergeant by 1814; 1st Foot; Walcheren; Peninsula  1809-1814; Waterloo.

Eadie, Robert. On Campaign with the 79th Cameron Highlanders: Through Portugal and Spain. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive; no date. 47 pages.

Notes: Eadie was an enlisted soldier, served in the Peninsula from 1809 - 1813, when he was invalided out of the service. Interesting description of Busaco and the Chelsea Hospital.

Ebbecke, Ludwig. A Hussar Sergeant in the King's German Legion: the Memoirs of Cavalry Sergeant Ebbecke, 2nd Hussar Regiment King's German Legion, 1803 - 1815. Gareth Glover (ed.). Godmanchester: Ken Trotman, 2017. PB. 70 pages.

Notes: was a sergeant in the 2nd KGL Hussars; was at Staslund, the siege of Copenhagen in 1807, Walcheren, the Peninsula from 1810 to 1812, Holland in 1813; was not at Waterloo.

Edwards, John. "Letter to His Brother, dated 14 July 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume I: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 102 - 103

Notes: was a gunner in Ross's RHA Troop.

Ewart, Charles. "Undated Letter" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume III: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2011. Pages 33 - 34

Notes: was a sergeant in Captain Vernon's Troop of the 2nd Royal North British Dragoons and captured the eagle of the French 45th Line Regiment.

Facey, Peter. The Diary of a Veteran The Diary of Sergeant Peter Facey, 28th (North Gloucester) Regiment of Foot 1803-19. Gareth Glover (ed.). Godmanchester: Ken Trotman, 2007. 68 Pages.

Notes: In Grenadier Company of 1st Battalion; served at the Siege of Copenhagen, Walcheren, Barossa, Arroyomolinos, Almaraz, Vittoria, the Nive, Toulouse & Waterloo.

Gallagher, Samuel. The Journal of Trooper Samuel Gallagher, 5th Dragoon Guards in Spain, Portugal and France, 1810-1815. Godmanchester: Ken Trotman, 2017. 112 pages.

Notes: went to Portugal in August 1811. Was a corporal at Salamanca and participated in General Le Marchant's charge, where he was wounded. Was promoted to sergeant in July 1813, but reduced to private in June 1814. He transferred to the 10th Hussars on 23 June 1815. Was not at Waterloo, but was in the Army of Occupation of France.

Garretty, Thomas. Memoirs of a Sergeant Late in the Forty-third Light Infantry Regiment previous to and during the Peninsular War. Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1998. 278 pages.

Notes:  Served in attack on Copenhagen 1806; Peninsula: Corunna Campaign; returned to Peninsula in June, 1809; good account of River Coa; seriously wounded at Badajoz; returns to England in 1812.

Green, John: The Vicissitudes of a Soldier's Life or a Series of Occurrences from 1806 to 1815 Wakefield: EP Publishing; No date (Probably circa 1965). 239 pages.

Notes: Was enlisted soldier in 68th Regiment; Walcheren; served in Peninsula from 1810-1813; wounded at San Sebastian.

Green, William. Where Duty Calls Me: The Experiences of William Green of Lutterworth in the Napoleonic Wars Teague, John and Dorothea (editors).West Wickham: Synjon Books; 1975. 72 pages. .

Notes: Enlisted in the Leicester Militia in 1803. Joined the 95th in 1805. Served in Germany, 1805; Copenhagen, 1807; campaign in Spain 1808 - 1809, including Corunna; served with 1st Battalion in Peninsula from 1809 - 1812; wounded at siege of Badajoz and invalided home. was a company bugler.

Gunn, James. "Memoirs" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume I: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 193 - 195.

Notes: was a private in Captain James Sterling's Company of the 1st Battalion 42nd Foot.

Hale, James. The Journal of James Hale: Late Serjeant in the ninth Regiment of Foot Windsor: IX Regiment; 1998. PB; 139 pages.

Notes: Enlisted in Royal North Gloucester Regiment in 1801; volunteered for the 9th in 1807; Rolica, Vimiero, Coruna, and Walcheren; Peninsula from 1810 -1813; wounded at San Sebastian and invalided home.

Haley, Arthur H. The Soldier Who Walked Away: The Autobiography of Andrew Pearson a Peninsular War Veteran Liverpool: Bullfinch Publications; circa 1991. 130 pages.

Notes: Served in the 61st Regiment; at Egypt; Maida; Gibraltar; Peninsula 1809 - 1812.

Hamilton, Anthony. Hamilton's Campaign with Moore and Wellington during the Peninsular War Staplehurst: Spellmount; 1998. 164 pages.

Notes: In the 2nd Battalion in the Peninsula from 1808-1813. In 1st Battalion of Detachments. Captured at San Sebastian in 1813.

Hanley, William. "Capture of the Enemy's Picket at Blanchez Sanchez" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Vol 2; Pages 380 - 388. Author was a NCO in the 14th Light Dragoons.

Harris, John. The Recollection of Rifleman Harris Hibbert, Christopher (ed.). London: Leo Cooper; 1970. 140 pages.

Notes: 1806 - 1809; was in the 2nd Battalion, 95th Rifles; was at Copenhagen, Corunna, and Walcheren.

Hasker, Thomas. "Waterloo Letters" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume I: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 18-22

Notes: was a private in the 1st King's Dragoon Guards.

Hemingway, George. "Letter to His Mother, dated 14 August 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume I: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 166 - 168.

Notes: was a private in the 33rd Foot at Waterloo.

Jeremiah, Thomas. A Short Account of the Life and Adventures of Private Thomas Jeremiah, 23rd or Royal Welch Fusiliers 1812-1837, including His Experiences at the Battle of Waterloo. Gareth Glover (ed.). Godmanchester: Ken Trotman; 2008. 32 pages.

Jeremiah, Thomas. "Waterloo Memoirs" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume IV: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2012. Pages 177 - 194.

Notes: was a private in Captain Henry Johnson's 6th Company 1st Battalion of the 23rd Foot at Waterloo; this account is the same as above.

Johnston, Archibald. "Waterloo Journal" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume I: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 33 - 72.

Notes: was a sergeant in Major James Poole's Troop of the 2nd Royal North British Dragoons (Scots Guards); contains transcript of his court-martial.

Jones, John. "The Old Halberdier: from the Pyrenees to the Plattsburgh with a Welshman of the 39th". Edited by Eamonnn O'Keeffe. Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research. Vol. 95 Numbers 38 - 383 (Spring, Summer, Autumn 2017). Pages 17 - 34, 141 - 160, 207 - 226

Notes: was in the 39th Foot; was a sergeant, but reduced to private. Served in Spain, France, and North America.

Knight, Thomas. "The Reminiscences of Thomas Knight of the 95th (Rifles)" in Men of the Rifles. Leonaur, 2008. Pages 19 - 110

Notes: was a 16 year old enlistee in 1813; in the 3rd Battalion 95th Rifles; Holland in 1814; in Captain James Fullerton's Company at Waterloo; only pages 19 - 40 deal with the Napoleonic Wars, rest deals with his time in Portugal in the 1830s.

Lawrence, William. A Dorset Soldier: The Autobiography of Sergeant William Lawrence 1790 - 1869. Hathaway, Eileen (ed.). Tunbridge Wells: Spellmount; 1993. 176 pages.

Notes: Was in the 40th Foot. Served in Buenos Aires; Peninsula 1808 - 1814; New Orleans; was in Captain John Barnett's Company 1st Battalion at Waterloo.

Lewis, John. "Letter to His Family dated 8 July 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume I: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 158 - 161.

Notes: was a private in Captain John Lewis's Company of the 2nd Battalion 95th Rifles at Waterloo.

Lindau, Friederich. A Waterloo Hero: the Reminiscences of Friedrich Lindau. James Bogle and Andrew Uffindell (ed.). Barnsley: Pen & Sword, 2009.  224 pages

Notes: was a private in the 2nd KGL Light Battalion; in Peninsula from 1811-1814; at Albuera, the expedition to Llerena, the siege of the forts at Salamanca, the battle of Salamanca, the siege of Burgos, Venta del Pozo, Vitoria, Tolosa, the storming of San Sebastian, the crossing of the Bidossa  River, the crossing of the Adour River, and Bayonne; at Waterloo, where he helped defend La Haye Sainte and was captured.

Lindau, Friederich. "The Defence of the Farmstead of L Haye Sainte" in Anonymous. Glover, Gareth (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 78 - 88

Notes: was a private in the 2nd KGL Light Battalion.

Lord, Joseph. "Waterloo Letter" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume I: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 12 -18.

Notes: was a private in the 2nd Life Guards; letters are to his wife.

MacLaurence, Richard. "His Account of Waterloo dated 12 January 1843" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume VI: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2014. Pages 140-142

Notes: was a private in the Light Company of the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards at Waterloo and was a defender of Hougoumont.

Marshall, John. "Letter to His Parents" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume I: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 87 - 92.

Notes: was a private in Captain Charles Woods' 6th Troop of the 10th Hussars.

McEween, Alexander. "Waterloo Letter # 165" in Waterloo Letters. Herbert T. Siborne (ed.). London: Greenhill, 1993. Pages 377 - 378

Notes: was a corporal in Captain James Stirling's Company at Waterloo; "The Waterloo Medal Roll" spells his name as McEwan.

Miller, Benjamin. The Adventures of Serjeant Benjamin Miller Whilst Serving in the 4th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Artillery 1796 - 1815. Dallington: Naval & Military Press; 1999. 43 pages.

Notes: Egypt; Corunna Campaign.

Morley, Stephen. Memoirs of a Sergeant of the 5th Regiment of Foot, containing an Account of His Service, in Hanover, South America, and the Peninsula Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1999. 123 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-82-6

Notes: Served in 1806 expedition to Buenes Aires; Peninsula from 1808 - 1813; Rolica, Vimiero, Corunna Campaign where he was captured. Escaped and made his way to Portugal. Assigned to 2nd Battalion of Detachments until after Talavera. Returned to England in October 1809. Returned to Peninsula in 1812. Was invalided from retreat of 1812 and returned to England in early 1813.

Morris, Thomas. The Napoleonic Wars: Thomas Morris Selby, John (ed.).Hamden: Archon Books; 1968. 151 pages. SBN: 208 00631 1

Notes: Was in the 73rd Foot; served 1813 - 1817; North German Campaign and Waterloo.

Nicol, Daniel. "Daniel Nicol's with the First Battalion of Detachments" in With Abercrombie and Moore in Egypt Gibbs, Peter and David Watkins (Editors). Bridgnorth: First Empire; 1995. PB. Pages 14-34

Nicol, Daniel. With Abercrombie and Moore in Egypt Gibbs, Peter and David Watkins (Editors). Bridgnorth: First Empire; 1995. PB.

Notes: In 92nd Foot

Nicol, Daniel. "With Abercrombie and Moore in Egypt. From the Unpublished Diary of Sergeant Daniel Nicol" in With Napoleon at Waterloo and Other Unpublished Documents of the Waterloo and Peninsular Campaigns. Mac Kenzie and Mac Bride (ed.). London: Francis Griffiths, 1911. Pages 7-68.

Notes: In 92nd Foot

Nicol, Daniel . "A British Prisoner in France, His Sufferings and his Adventures. From the Diary of Sergeant Nicol" in With Napoleon at Waterloo and Other Unpublished Documents of the Waterloo and Peninsular Campaigns. Mac Kenzie and Mac Bride (ed.). London: Francis Griffiths, 1911. Pages 203-244.

Notes: In 92nd Foot; captured at Talavera, not released until 1814.

Nicol, Daniel. "The Gordon Highlanders in Spain, a Forgotten Page in their History; from the Unpublished Diary of Sergeant Nicol" in With Napoleon at Waterloo and Other Unpublished Documents of the Waterloo and Peninsular Campaigns. Mac Kenzie and Mac Bride (ed.). London: Francis Griffiths, 1911. Pages 86-111.

Notes: In 92nd Foot; covered his time with the 1st Battalion of Detachments in 1809.

Nicol, Thomas. "Biography"in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume VI: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2014. Pages 80 - 82

Notes: Was a private in Captain Fenton's Troop of the 2nd Dragoons at Waterloo where he was wounded multiple times by French lancers.

O'Neil, Charles. The Military Adventures of Charles O'Neil Staplehurst: Spellmount; 1997. 269 pages.

Notes: Enlisted soldier; served in the 28th Regiment in the Peninsula from 1811 - 1814; Waterloo.

Page, James. "Journal" Glover, Gareth (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume III: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2011. Pages 22 - 24.

Notes: Was troop sergeant major in the 1st King's Dragoon Guards..

Patton, Thomas. "Petition of Sergeant Thomas Patton to the Duke of Wellington, dated 17 July 1846" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume I: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 176 - 177.

Notes: was a private in Captain Charles Cadell's Company 1st Battalion 28th Foot at Waterloo.

Pearson, Andrew. The Soldier Who Walked Away: The Autobiography of Andrew Pearson a Peninsular War Veteran. Arthur H. Haley (ed.) Liverpool: Bullfinch Publications; circa 1991. 130 pages.

Notes: 61st Regiment; at Egypt; Maida; Gibraltar; Peninsula 1809-1812.

Playford, Thomas, A Lifeguardsman at Waterloo. Godmanchester: Ken Trotman; 2006. 90 pages.

Notes: was a private; joined 2nd Lifeguards in 1810.

Playford, Thomas. "Waterloo Memoirs" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume IV: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2012. Pages 34 - 48.

Notes: from the above book.

Pritchard, William. "Letter to Mary dated 12 July 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume VI: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2014. Page 148

Notes: was a private in the 3rd Battalion 3rd Foot Guards at Waterloo.

Reed, Adam. Seven Years on the Peninsula. The memoirs of Private Adam Reed, 47th (Lancashire) Foot 1806-17. Godmanchester: Ken Trotman; 2012. 100 pages.

Notes: was originally in the Corps of Royal Artillery Drivers but deserted and enlisted in the 2nd Battalion 47th Foot.

Roberts, Richard. Incidents in the Life of an Old Fusilier: the Recollections of Sergeant Richard Roberts of the 23rd Foot. Jonathan Crook (ed.). Godmanchester: Ken Trotman, n.d. 18 pages.

Notes: 1805-1814; originally in 2nd Battalion, then 1st Battalion. Served at Copenhagen, Martinique, and the Peninsula (1810-1814). Good description of Badajoz.

Robertson, Duncan. "How the British Stormed Aray del Molinos" in Spanish Adventures. Gibbs, Peter and David Watkins (Editors).Bridgnorth: First Empire; 1995. Pages 31-34.

Notes: In 92nd Foot

Robertson, Duncan. "Sgt. Robertson's Memoirs of the Corunna Campaign" in Spanish Adventures. Gibbs, Peter and David Watkins (Editors).Bridgnorth: First Empire; 1995. Pages 3-12.

Notes: In 92nd Foot

Robertson, Duncan. "Corunna — The Story of a Terrible Retreat From the Forgotten Journal of Sergeant D. Robertson" in With Napoleon at Waterloo and Other Unpublished Documents of the Waterloo and Peninsular Campaigns. Mac Kenzie and Mac Bride (ed.). London: Francis Griffiths, 1911. Pages 69-85.

Notes: In 92nd Foot

Robertson, Duncan. "How the British Stormed Aray del Molinos. From the Journal of Sergeant D. Robertson" in With Napoleon at Waterloo and Other Unpublished Documents of the Waterloo and Peninsular Campaigns. Mac Kenzie and Mac Bride (ed.). London: Francis Griffiths, 1911. Pages 115-119.

Notes: In 92nd Foot

Robertson, Duncan. "What the Gordons did at Waterloo. From the Journal of Sergeant Robertson" in With Napoleon at Waterloo and Other Unpublished Documents of the Waterloo and Peninsular Campaigns. Mac Kenzie and Mac Bride (ed.). London: Francis Griffiths, 1911. Pages 150-166.

Notes: In 92nd Foot

Shipp, John. Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp, Late a Lieut: In His Majesty's 87th Regiment. Forgotten Books, 2012. 406 pages.

Notes: enlisted as a boy in 1797 in the 22nd Foot; was sergeant in Grenadier Company in India by 1804; commissioned for bravery in the 65th Foot in 1805; transferred to 76th Foot in 1805; returned to England in 1808 and sold his commissioned; enlisted in 24th Light Dragoons and was regimental sergeant major by 1812; was commissioned in 87th Foot in 1815.

Sinclair, Joseph. A Soldier of the Seventy-First: The Journal of a Soldier of the Highland Light Infantry 1806 - 1815 Hibbert, Christopher (ed.). Warren: Squadron/Signal Publications; 1976. 121 pages.

Notes: Served in Buena Aires, Walcheren, Peninsula, and Waterloo.

Smith, John. "Letter to His Brother, dated 14 July 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume III: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2011. Pages 112 - 114

Notes: was a private in the 10th Company (Captain G.H. Gordon) 1st Battalion 71st Foot.

Stanley, Charles. "Letter to His Cousin Christopher Alvey, dated 15 May 1815" Glover, Gareth (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume III: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2011. Pages 24 - 26

Notes: was a private in the King's Troop 1st King's Dragoon Guards and was killed at Waterloo.

Stansfield, George. "Letters #9 and 12 to the family of Henry Willis dated 3 September 1813" in Willis, Henry. The Letters of Private Henry Willis: 1st Regiment of Life Guards, 1807 - 14. Gareth Glover (ed.). Huntingdon: Ken Trotman, 2017. Pages 29 - 32 and 34 - 35

Notes: was a friend of Henry Willis. The letters cover Willis' death and disposition of personal possessions. Letter #12 is mislabeled.

Stevenson, John. A Soldier in Time of War, or the Military Life of  Sergeant John Stevenson. London, 1841.

Notes: Oman lists this as Twenty-one Years in the British Foot Guards; was a sergeant in Captain Henry Rooke's Company 2nd Battalion 3rd Foot Guards at Waterloo.

Stubbins, John. "Letter to His Father" Glover, Gareth (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume III: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2011. Page 24

Notes: was a corporal in the 1st King's Dragoon Guards and promoted to sergeant on the field of Waterloo.

Sutcliffe, Thomas. "Letters #10 and 12 to the family of Henry Willis dated 3 September 1813" in Willis, Henry. The Letters of Private Henry Willis: 1st Regiment of Life Guards, 1807 - 14. Gareth Glover (ed.). Huntingdon: Ken Trotman, 2017. Pages 31 - 32 and 34 - 35

Notes: Letter concerns the disposition of Private Henry Willis', 1st Life Guards,' personal possessions.

Surtees, William. Twenty-five Years in the Rifle Brigade London: Greenhill; 1996. 480 pages. ISBN: 1-85367-230-0

Notes: Enlisted in 56th Regiment and served in Holland in 1799; transferred to 95th Rifles in 1805; was in the 2nd Battalion; served at Germany 1805, Copenhagen 1806, Peninsula 1808 - 1814; New Orleans; was Quartermaster by end of war.

Swan, Henry. "Account of Private Henry Swan" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume IV: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2012. Pages 141 - 142

Notes: was a private in Captain William Miller's Company of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Foot Guards.

Taylor, Alexander. "Letter to his Brother, dated 9 March 1817" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume IV: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2012. Pages 228 - 230

Notes: was a private in the Royal Staff Corps.

Tennant, William. "Letters to His Wife" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume III: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2011. Pages 89 - 108

Notes: was a sergeant in Lieutenant Colonel Henry D'Oyly's Company, 3rd Battalion 1st Foot Guards.

Vallence, Dixon. At Waterloo with the Cameron Highlanders. Darlington, Napoleonic Archive; n.d. 44 pages.

Notes: Vallence was in Captain James Campbell's 6th Company 1st Battalion and was severely wounded at Waterloo. Superb descriptions on what it was like to be a private at Quatre Bras and Waterloo; includes memorable sketches of camplife (especially using a French cuiraiss as a frying pan after Quatre Bras), to stand under intense artillery fire, and to be in the front rank (kneeling) of a square being charged by cavalry.

Wheeler, William. The Letters of Private Wheeler. Hart, B. H. Liddell (ed.).Boston: Houghton Mifflin; 1952. 350 pages.

Notes: was in 51st Foot; was at Walcheren, Peninsula 1811 - 1814; was a sergeant in Captain James Cambell's Company at Waterloo.

Willis, Henry. The Letters of Private Henry Willis: 1st Regiment of Life Guards, 1807 - 14. Gareth Glover (ed.). Huntingdon: Ken Trotman, 2017. 40 pages.

Notes: Letters #7, 8, and 9 cover his time in the Peninsula. He fell from his horse on 29 June 1813 and shattered his leg. He died of a fever, possibly gangrene.

Wood, Charles. Some particulars of the Battle at Waterloo; in a Letter from a Serjeant in the Guards. London: British Library, 2011. 32 pages.

Notes: was in Captain William Miller's Company 3rd Battalion 1st Foot Guards.

Wray, Samuel. The Military Adventures of Private Samuel Wray 61st Foot 1796-1815. Gareth Glover (ed.). Godmanchester: Ken Trotman, 2009. 32 pages.

Notes: Cape Coloney, Egypt, Maida, Peninsula 1809 - 1814; was not at Waterloo.

 

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