HUGH WILLIAMS – Pair MILITARY GENERAL SERVICE & WATERLOO.

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HUGH WILLIAMS – Pair MILITARY GENERAL SERVICE & WATERLOO.
Born BODOCK, Cornwall..served 32nd Regiment..discharged aged 31.

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MGS – 100% correct with all original un-tampered naming, rivets & suspenders.
Pyranees / Nivelle / Nive / Orthes
Waterloo – is mostly correct, with correct stars, suspender in silver as is often the case, due to rusting of the iron ring, which marked the uniform.
But.. in Williams – the letters in brackets have been gone over …WI(LLI)A(MS) – perhaps due to bruising..all other letters are as originally struck.
Enlisted at the age of 15 years on 29th September c.1810 and served until 16th January 1827.

MGS – 100% correct with all original un-tampered naming, rivets & suspenders.
Pyranees / Nivelle / Nive / Orthes
Waterloo – is mostly correct, with correct stars, suspender in silver as is often the case, due to rusting of the iron ring, which marked the uniform.
But.. in Williams – the letters in brackets have been gone over …WI(LLI)A(MS) – perhaps due to bruising..all other letters are as originally struck.
Enlisted at the age of 15 years on 29th September c.1810 and served until 16th January 1827.
Discharged as being medically unfit, after being bitten by a venomous insect in his right arm in April 1826, that disabled him.
He served under Captain Henry Ross Lewin at Waterloo.
Large amount of Paperwork / including conf. of Roll, medal entitlement etc.
The 32nd Foot was first raised in 1702 as a regiment of marines to fight in the War of Spanish Succession. It won its first battle honour in 1705 for the siege and capture of Gibraltar.
Napoleonic Wars

The 32nd was deployed in Denmark during the Battle of Copenhagen in 1807. They departed on the 27th of July from Ramsgate. The 32nd was ordered aboard the captured Danish ships as marines.
The 32nd landed in Portugal in 1808, and under the soon to be Duke of Wellington, fought in the battles of Roliça and Vimiero. They fought under Moore in the retreat to Corunna, and on returning to England they were part of the Walcheren expedition in the Netherlands where many were struck down with malaria. After being reinforced they returned to Spain, leading the Battle of Salamanca and taking part in all the major conflicts right into France.
The Regiment during the Napoleonic Wars had white facings on its uniform and the officer’s lace and buttons were gold. The officer’s jackets were unlaced, with 10 twist buttonholes placed in pairs. The jacket of the other ranks had 10 square loops spaced in pairs.
For the final chapter in Napoleon’s history, the 32nd fought at the Battle of Quatre Bras, arriving about 2 pm just in time to help halt the French advance. The regiment lost a number of officers and men during the battle of Quatre Bras resulting in it being marginally smaller during the battle of Waterloo than other regiments on average.
Two days later at Battle of Waterloo the 32nd were stationed opposite the French main attacks, stoically standing their ground before attacking Napoleon’s assaulting troops. They were positioned some 300 metres behind La Haie Sainte behind Major Roger’s Battery. Whilst they were not directly involved in the struggle for La Haie Sainte itself they were the subject of French attacks by Bourgeois’ Brigade during and after the Assault. The 1st Battalion of the 32nd was part of the 8th British Brigade commanded by Major-General James Kempt, which was in turn part of the 5th British Infantry Division under Lieutenant-General Thomas Picton. The Regiment was commanded on the field by Major (Brevet. Lieut-Colonel) John Hicks and numbered at 503 men at the battle of Waterloo having suffered casualties at Quatre Bras.[3] It was two men of the 32nd Grenadier company who bore Pictons’s body away after he was fatally shot through the head. During one particular incident a French Cavalry officer was dismounted near the 32nd and attempted to seize the regimental colour. He was stabbed by a Colour-Sergeant and shot by a man of the rank and file before he could do more than grab the staff. The fighting during the battle cost the 32nd 28 men killed and 146 wounded, however 44 of the wounded died within the month.