Research Subjects: Eyewitness Accounts

British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars: Musicians

By Robert Burnham

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.

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.

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

Notes: Joined 95th 1805; Germany, 1805; Copenhagen, 1807; Corunna; 1st Battalion in Peninsula from 1809 - 1812; wounded at  Badajoz and invalided home. Was company bugler.

Scott, John. "Triangle-player John Scott" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume VI: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2014. Pages 199 - 201

Notes: Was a ten year old boy, whose father was in the regiment. Played the triangle in the regimental band at Quatre Bras and Waterloo.

 

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: December 2015; last updated July 2016

 

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