Union Brigade Charger and Casualty Waterloo Medal 1815, awarded to Private William Cardiff, 6th or Inniskilling Dragoons, who as a member of Captain Edward Hollech’s Troop, would have been part his regiments charge with Ponsonby's Union Brigade at the Battle of Waterloo on 18th June 1815, where his regiment suffered 217 casualties out of 396 men present, the majority at the hands of the French Cuirassier’s, with Cardiff himself being confirmed as wounded in action in the right side. He latterly went on to see over 24 years service with the Colo

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Union Brigade Charger and Casualty Waterloo Medal 1815, awarded to Private William Cardiff, 6th or Inniskilling Dragoons, who as a member of Captain Edward Hollech’s Troop, would have been part his regiments charge with Ponsonby's Union Brigade at the Battle of Waterloo on 18th June 1815, where his regiment suffered 217 casualties out of 396 men present, the majority at the hands of the French Cuirassier’s, with Cardiff himself being confirmed as wounded in action in the right side. He latterly went on to see over 24 years service with the Colours, latterly as an Officer’s Batman whilst stationed at Nottingham, and it was here that he gave himself a hernia ‘by wheeling a heavy barrow of coals on the 27th December 1828’.

Waterloo Medal 1815, fitted with original steel clip and a split-ring suspension; (WILLIAM CARDIFF, 6TH OR INNISKILLING DRAG.)

Condition: slightly polished on highlights, overall Good Very Fine.

William Cardiff was born in the parish of Baltinglas, now known as Baltinglass, in County Wicklow, Ireland, and having worked as a chandler, then attested for service with the British Army at Dublin on 6th February 1811, when aged 23, and joining as a Private the 6th or Inniskilling Dragoons, and went on to serve for the next twenty four years and 23 days with the Colours, all of them as a Private.

Cardiff was then present during the Napoleonic War on operations in Flanders and France during the Waterloo Campaign in 1815, and was then present in action at the Battle of Waterloo on 18th June 1815, as a part of Captain Edward Hollech’s Troop.

At Waterloo, his regiment, a heavy cavalry unit, charged D'Erlon's Infantry and then the French Cuirassier's as part of the Union Brigade. His Regiment which formed part of Major General the Honourable William Ponsonby's 2nd Brigade - the Union Brigade, was present at Waterloo with 396 men, but suffered 217 casualties, of which 1 officer was killed, and 5 wounded with 1 missing, and of the other ranks 72 were killed, 111 wounded, and 27 missing.

Cardiff is confirmed as having been wounded in action at Waterloo on 18th June 1815, having been wounded in the right side. Cardiff spent the remainder of his career on home service, latterly as an officer’s batman, and it was whilst he was performing this duty that he gave himself a hernia, caused ‘by wheeling a heavy barrow of coals on the 27th December 1828 at Nottingham’.

Treated for the hernia by a surgeon, it was trussed up, but as a result he was a few years later found unfit for further service, and was discharged from the service on 5th July 1833.