Waterloo 1815 – 23rd Light Dragoons, wounded several times at Waterloo.
(Edward Coyle, 23rd Reg. Light Dragoons.) fitted with original steel clip and contemporary steel ring,
Edward Coyle was born at Dewlick, County Meath, and enlisted into the 23rd Light Dragoons at Canterbury, Kent, on 30 May 1810, for unlimited service, aged 27, a servant by trade.
He served 7 years 270 days, 2 years 100 days in the rank of Corporal, and was discharged on 16 November 1817, in consequence of the ‘disbandment of the Regiment and wounds of the left leg at Waterloo.’
The 23rd Light Dragoons some 397 strong formed part of the Dornbergs Cavalry Brigade and at Waterloo was commanded by the Earl of Portington, it lost 77 men killed, wounded, or missing during the battle
His conduct was described as having been ‘extremely good having served in Flanders, particularly in the Battle of Waterloo where he received several wounds.’
On 19 June he was transported to hospital at Brussels along with 43 other wounded soldiers from the regiment (A Soldiers Story refers). He was admitted to an out-pension at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, on 24 February 1818, at the rate of 6d per diem.
With copied discharge papers and other research.
Medal – Good Fine, edge bruising and contact marks with minor loss to a few letters.