Waterloo – 28th Regiment (Gloucestershire) Wounded at Albuhera and Waterloo.
Waterloo, Serj . James Taylor, 28th Regiment Foot. (Note replacement split ring suspension)
James Taylor was born in the Parish of Sherwell, Barnstable, Devon c1785
He first enlisted in August 1803 transferring to the 28th Regiment on the 24th June 1805 serving just over 20 years plus 2 years for being at Waterloo.
He was discharged 24th March 1825 due t impaired general health from repeated attacks of rheumatic gout and inability to march….
His papers confirm he was wounded in the left arm at Albuera and in the right hand at Waterloo when in action with the enemy.
The regiment was dispatched to Denmark and took part in the Battle of Copenhagen in August 1807 during the Gunboat War. The regiment next landed in Portugal in July 1808 for service in the Peninsular War. It took part in the Battle of Corunna on 16 January 1809 before being evacuated from the Peninsula the following day. A detachment remained behind and fought at the battle of Battle of Talavera in July 1809. The remainder of the regiment went on to take part in the disastrous Walcheren Campaign in summer 1809.The regiment returned to the Peninsula in January 1810. It saw action at the Battle of Barrosa in March 1811,the Battle of Albuera in May 1811 and the Battle of Arroyo dos Molinos in October 1811, as well as the Battle of Vitoria in June 1813 and the Battle of the Pyrenees in July 1813. It then pursued the French Army into France and fought at the Battle of Nivelle in November 1813, the Battle of the Nive in December 1813, the Battle of Orthez in February 1814 and the Battle of Toulouse in April 1814. It was one of the few Peninsula veteran regiments which was available for the Hundred Days campaign and fought at the Battle of Quatre Bras and at the Battle of Waterloo, as part of the 8th Brigade commanded by James Kempt, in June 1815. Because of its actions in this campaign, the regiment earned distinguished mention in the dispatches of the Duke of Wellington.
Condition – NVF, contact wear to naming although still clearly readable. replacement ring.