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Military General Service, 1793-1814, single clasp, Salamanca

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Military General Service, 1793-1814, single clasp, Salamanca

To: A. F. Paxton, Lieut 11th Dgns.

Archibald Frederick Paxton (1793-1875) was born in 1793, the son of Sir William Paxton, Knt., of Middleton Hall, Co. Carmarthen. He was educated at Harrow and joined the 11th Dragoons as a Cornet in June 1811, at the age of 17.

Promoted to Lieutenant (without purchase) in December of the same year. He served with his regiment as part of Captain Barrett’s Troop in the Peninsula between May 1812 and June 1813, being present at the Battle of Salamanca.

The day after Salamanca, the 11th Light Dragoons were in support of the King’s German Legion Cavalry in pursuit of the French at Garcia Hernandez. Lieutenant Paxton was also present at the skirmish at Morisco on 20-22 June, and at Castrejon on 18 July. During the affair at Castrejon the two squadrons of the 1th Light Dragoons present were misdirected and rode for a while towards their own staff position before realising and turning towards the enemy.  In the meantime Wellington and Beresfore had to draw their swords to protect themselves from the pursuing French Cavalry.

He retired on reserved half-pay on 23 July, 1817, and was later a Magistrate for Wiltshire, residing at Cholderton, near Salisbury.

He was still on Half Pay when he died in 1875! – on 11 April, at 5 Devonshire Place, Portland Place, London.

Paxton’s tomb is recorded in “Wellington’s Men Remembered” – the gazetteer of Napeolonic memorials – as being in St. Nicholas’s Churchyard, Cholderton, Wilts. (with photo).

Ex Dix, Noonan & Webb, March 1996 and C.J. Dixon, 2003.

A total of 98 medals to the regiment, 17 being awarded to Officers, all having the Salamanca clasp.

Medal VF minor obverse edge nick and reverse edge bruises.