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Re: 1812 Re: An Aussie at Waterloo

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  • JGIL1812@aol.com
    In a message dated 3/1/2009 5:28:38 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, potts4259@yahoo.com.au writes: Educated at Woolwich he had achieved the rank of Lieutenant by
    Message 1 of 32 , Mar 1, 2009
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      In a message dated 3/1/2009 5:28:38 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
      potts4259@... writes:

      Educated
      at Woolwich he had achieved the rank of Lieutenant by merit in 1815
      and was in charge of one of the Engineer units responsible for
      creating defences at Hougoumont and la Haye Saint.



      John,

      Indeed, Lt. A. D. White was one of the 13 RE officers and part of Lieut.
      Colonel James Carmicheal Smyth detachment of Royal Engineers with Wellington and
      the army from June 13th through June 19th. Lt White was the most junior of
      all the RE's present. Most were posted in Brussels with a number of the
      officers drawing maps of the area for the Duke. One which became very famous.
      Other postings include Hal and Waterloo itself.

      A number of RE's were heavily engaged at Quatre Bras. In fact on the 17th
      Major Oldfield RE was asked to begin to prepare the defenses at Waterloo. The
      map which had been painstakingly prepared in Brussels was lost for a while by
      Lieutenant Waters RE after being ridden over for by the French calvary.

      Oddly enough the Duke did not want any entrenchments made to the battlefield
      itself that would give Napoleon any inkling of his intentions however the
      Duke was worried about his right flank and asked Lt. Col. Carmichael Smyth to
      erect an entrenchment at Brain-le-leud to the west of the Waterloo position.
      On the morning of June 18th during his inspection of the line the Duke was
      upset that his orders had not been carried out. It seems that the RE officer
      in charge of the Miners and Sappers had become lost during the night on their
      march from Hal. Their Captain was immediately arrested and the Company was
      ordered back to Waterloo. Eventually this company fled in panic being told
      that the French were close at hand shortly after the start of the battle when
      the Belgians and Hanoverian retired from the field.

      Lt. Col. Carmicheal Smyth considered this a stain upon the honour of the
      Corps and refused to recommend any of the officers attached to Waterloo for
      Honours or Advantages because of this. This may explain the lack of recognition
      for Lt. White and others.

      All the best,
      JG/RE
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    • HQ93rd@aol.com
      But Anza is the Peninsula, which is before Waterloo. Hmm. A conundrum! Confound it! B 93rd SHRoFLHU THE Thin Red Line www.93rdhighlanders.com
      Message 32 of 32 , Mar 3, 2009
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        But Anza is the Peninsula, which is before Waterloo.
        Hmm.

        A conundrum!

        Confound it!

        B


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        -----Original Message-----
        From: JGIL1812@...
        To: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Tue, 3 Mar 2009 9:57 am
        Subject: Re: 1812 Re: An Aussie at Waterloo - RE Gilmour

        In a message dated 3/3/2009 1:04:27 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
        HQ93rd@... writes:
        John...in this vein then, did I give you a Waterloo medal at 1995?
        If so then, Mr RE, you best give it back!




        Sir,

        Never!!!!! You'll have to kill me for it or maybe we can duel it out at
        ANZA.

        Your Humble Servant,
        JG/RE











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