WATERLOO MEDAL TO JOS. BANNISTER, 3RD BATT. GRENAD. GUARDS

*** SOLD *** Waterloo Medal to Jos. Bannister, 3rd Batt. Grenad. Guards with original clip and a silver straight bar suspender.
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Description

Joseph Bannister served in Lord Saltoun's Light Company at the Battle of Waterloo, famously defending the orchard on the east wall of Hougoumont Farm. He would have been present at Quatre Bras on 16 June, when the Guards secured Wellington's position by evicting Jérôme's Division from Bossu Wood.

At the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June, both 1st Foot Guards Light Companies - under Alexander Fraser, 16th Baron Saltoun's command - were stationed in the Great Orchard to the east of Hougoumont, an area of roughly 200 square metres that was fiercely contested throughout the day. The assault closest to capturing Hougoumont was that of Baudin's Brigade at 11:30am. The French 1st and 2nd Light Regiments moved forward in skirmish order, driving back Hanoverian and Nassau contingents. Saltoun led his two companies in a spirited charge which stopped the French from encircling the position. At around 14:00, the French brought up a howitzer which poured canister into Saltoun's men at point-blank range; both Light Companies made unsuccessful attempts to seize the artillery piece. At 14:45 Saltoun was relieved by the 3rd Foot Guards under Colonel Hepburn. He then marched his Light Companies back up the ridge to join their parent Battalions, meaning that Bannister also served in the repulse of the Imperial Guard at 8pm.