Waterloo Medal 1815 With original steel clip and ring suspension. Ensign William Smith, 1st Batt. 71st Foot Light bruise to the reverse GVF
William Smith was born at Ballimena, Co. Antrim, in 1784. He was appointed Ensign in the 71st Foot on 1 September 1813, at the age of nineteen.
The 71st played no part in the battle of Quatre Bras but did do excellent service two days later at Waterloo where the battalion lost 16 officers and 198 men killed and wounded.
The battalion marched on to Paris after the battle and remained in France until the end of October 1818 when it embarked at Calais for Dover which was reached on October 29th.
The second senior Ensign in the regiment at Waterloo, he was promoted to Lieutenant on 18 July 1815 and placed on half-pay on 24 December 1815, upon the reduction of the regiment.
Lieutenant Smith later lived at Ballimena, where he died on 23 April 1860.
A nice example of a Waterloo Medal.