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WATERLOO MEDAL TO JONATHAN TAYLOR, SCOTS GREYS

*** RESERVED *** Waterloo Medal to Jonathan Taylor, 2nd or R.N. Brit. Reg. Drag.
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Jonathan Taylor was born in 1782 in Rotherham, Yorkshire and worked as an Iron Caster before enlisting for unlimted service with the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) at Sheffield on 27 June 1804 at the age of 21. Taylor served with the 2nd Dragoons for a total of 24 and a half years, including 2 years service awarded for taking part in the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815.

Taylor was part of the famous charge of the Union Brigade, under the banner of Captain Thomas Fenton's No.6 Troop. The French Infantry under D'Erlon advanced on Wellington's left and threatened Picton's Division with annihilation. The Union Brigade, consisting of the 1st Royal Dragoons, 2nd Dragoons (Scots Greys) and the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons under General William Ponsonby promptly charged 'in line' into the French Infantry. Such was the enthusiasm of the Greys, that, after an initial success, they later failed to hear calls to rally and withdraw, and many soldiers were lost into separate and individual duels and pockets of fighting. In total, the charge achieved the capture of the French Eagle of the 45th Infantry by Sergt. Ewart of the Greys and the capture of more than 2000 French prisoners and 15 guns. Picton's Division was saved in a turning point of the battle. Captain Thomas Fenton's Troop suffered some 19 men killed and 22 wounded. Jonathan Taylor was discharged to Out-Pension at Chelsea Hospital on 17 Oct 1826, being 'worn out from length of service' at age 44, and that his conduct was 'very good' during his service. Taylor had married Ann Boyes at West Rounton in 22 Dec 1797 when his profession was listed as a Farmer. The couple had eight children and Jonathan Taylor died on 14 Jan 1841 at Harum, Yorkshire.

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