The superb Peninsular War Charge at Fuentes D’Onor May 1811 and Battle of Waterloo Charge of the Union Brigade June 1815 pair awarded to Sergeant James Young, 1st or Royal Dragoons, who served throughout the war with Captain Phipp’s Company, and would have formed part of the rearguard during the retreat to Torres Vedras in September 1810, before going on to charge at the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro on 3rd to 5th May 1811. After being further present at Vittoria and Toulouse, Young was ultimately present in the famous charge of the Union Brigade

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Condition: engraved correction to first two letters of rank on second, some edge bruising to both, overall Very Fine.
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The superb Peninsular War Charge at Fuentes D’Onor May 1811 and Battle of Waterloo Charge of the Union Brigade June 1815 pair awarded to Sergeant James Young, 1st or Royal Dragoons, who served throughout the war with Captain Phipp’s Company, and would have formed part of the rearguard during the retreat to Torres Vedras in September 1810, before going on to charge at the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro on 3rd to 5th May 1811. After being further present at Vittoria and Toulouse, Young was ultimately present in the famous charge of the Union Brigade at the Battle of Waterloo on 18th June 1815, when his regiment distinguished itself in capturing the French Imperial Eagle of the 105th Line Infantry Regiment but suffered huge casualties when they were counter-attacked by French Lancers.

Military General Service Medal 1793-1814, 3 Clasps: Fuentes D’Onor, Vittoria, Toulouse; (JAMES YOUNG, SERJEANT, 1ST. ROYAL DRAGOONS.); Waterloo Medal 1815, fitted with steel clip and hinged straight bar suspension; (SERJ. JAMES YOUNG, 1ST OR ROYAL DRAGOONS.), last has ribbon fitted with a sliding buckle.

Condition: engraved correction to first two letters of rank on second, some edge bruising to both, overall Very Fine.

James Young was born at Rutherglen, near Glasgow and enlisted into the British Army in July 1804 when aged 21, joining as a Private the 1st Royal Dragoons. As a member of Captain Phipp’s Company, Young would have arrived in Spain in 1809, and would then have assisted in covering Wellington’s retreat to the defensive lines at Torres Vedras in September 1810, when his regiment formed the rear guard.

It was in action in Spain at the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro on 3rd to 5th May 1811, that Young was present when his regiment made a charge against the enemy, and he was later present in action at the Battle of Vittoria on 21st June 1813, and having crossed over into southern France, the final battle of the war, namely the Battle of Toulouse on 10th April 1814.

With the renewal of hostilities, he was still present as part of Phipps’ Company when he fought at the Battle of Waterloo on 18th June 1815, where his regiment, which numbered 394 men, formed part of the famous Charge of the Union Brigade led by Major General William Ponsonby, which led to heavy casualties amongst the 1st Royal Dragoons, with some 197 men becoming casualties, of whom 4 officers were killed, 9 wounded and 1 missing, and 86 others ranks were killed, 88 wounded and 9 missing. However during this action, Captain Alexander Kennedy Clark, an officer in the regiment, captured the French Imperial Eagle of the 105th Line Infantry Regiment, which eagle is now a part of the design of the regiment’s badge.

Young who appears to have survived the battle unscathed, was eventually discharge in April 1827, owing to being ‘worn out’.