1812 Re: An Aussie at Waterloo
- Thanks JG,
You're quite right - I had a look at my Waterloo Companion after I
hit 'send' (soemthing I should have done beforehand perhaps!) and was
surprised to discover that no Engineers received the Waterloo medal
as you describe. I had always thought that the officers and men of
the supply chain (as far back as Ostend) have been recognised - a
first for the British army I believe - but I guess there was more
discrimination involved as to who got it and who didn't.
--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, JGIL1812@... wrote:
> In a message dated 3/1/2009 5:28:38 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
> potts4259@... writes:
> at Woolwich he had achieved the rank of Lieutenant by merit in
> and was in charge of one of the Engineer units responsible for
> creating defences at Hougoumont and la Haye Saint.
> Indeed, Lt. A. D. White was one of the 13 RE officers and part of
> Colonel James Carmicheal Smyth detachment of Royal Engineers with
> the army from June 13th through June 19th. Lt White was the most
> all the RE's present. Most were posted in Brussels with a number
> officers drawing maps of the area for the Duke. One which became
> Other postings include Hal and Waterloo itself.
> A number of RE's were heavily engaged at Quatre Bras. In fact on
> Major Oldfield RE was asked to begin to prepare the defenses at
> 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
> Oddly enough the Duke did not want any entrenchments made to the
> itself that would give Napoleon any inkling of his intentions
> 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
> On the morning of June 18th during his inspection of the line the
> upset that his orders had not been carried out. It seems that the
> 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
> ordered back to Waterloo. Eventually this company fled in panic
> that the French were close at hand shortly after the start of the
> the Belgians and Hanoverian retired from the field.
> Lt. Col. Carmicheal Smyth considered this a stain upon the honour
> Corps and refused to recommend any of the officers attached to
> Honours or Advantages because of this. This may explain the lack
> for Lt. White and others.
> All the best,
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> neighborhood today.
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- But Anza is the Peninsula, which is before Waterloo.
THE Thin Red Line
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,
John...in this vein then, did I give you a Waterloo medal at 1995?
If so then, Mr RE, you best give it back!
Never!!!!! You'll have to kill me for it or maybe we can duel it out at
Your Humble Servant,
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