MILITARY GENERAL SERVICE 1793, CLASP TOULOUSE ‘
Ensign James Geddes served with the 42nd at the Battle of Toulouse. At this battle the 42nd suffered a horrendous near 80% casualty rate; far worse than any other battle they took part in during the Napoleonic Wars. 26 officers and 387 were men killed and wounded out of around 500 men who went into action. This was near double what the regiment with the second highest casualties had (the 79th). One officer reported just 2 officers and 60 men were left fit for duty after the battle!
Geddes, 1829 Statement of Service for Retired Officers:
‘Aged twenty-two on first appointment to the Army 'From June 1808 to 1813 I served as Ensign and Lieutenant in the Tochabers Volunteers and Elginshire Local Militia'; Ensign,1st battn 42nd Foot, 17 March 1813; Lt., 42nd Foot, 1 June 1814; Half-pay, 24 Oct. 1814, by reduction. Where serving when severely wounded; Toulouse. On appearing at the Medical Board at London I received a years pay.'Family: Married at Gannouth, Scotland, 22 Nov 1819..’
42nd OFFICER MEDALS AND RARITY:
19 42nd Officers medals were issued but they are extremely rare on the market only 7 being noted (others in Regimental museum). Of these 19, only 9 officers received the Toulouse clasp and 4 of these have been on the market/in collections; Volunteer Campbell, Lt Fraser, Ensign Geddes, Ensign McNiven, the latter three were all wounded.
Therefore this is a rare opportunity to acquire 1 of only 3 Toulouse Officer Casualty MGS medals likely to ever come up for sale.
Condition GVF or better, with long length of original ribbon. A fantastic medal.