WATERLOO 1815 ‘SADDLE SERJ. WM. MITCHELL. 6TH OR INNISKILLING DRAG’
William Mitchell, a 24 year old Saddler from tydavnet, County monaghan, enlisted into the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons at monaghan on 14th December 1810. Promoted Saddler Sergeant on 15th December 1812 but was reduced to Private (Saddler) by reduction on 25th August 1819. He was finally discharged on 5th July 1833, his conduct noted as being ‘that of a good and efficient soldier’
Mitchell is further noted as serving ‘Eight months in Flanders and France during the campaign of 1815’. He served at the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815 as Saddle Sergeant of Captain Edward Hollech's Troop, 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons
The Union Brigade was composed of three regiments of heavy cavalry, one English (The Royal Dragoons), one Scottish (The Scots Greys) and one Irish (the Inniskillings), hence their brigade title. The charge of the Union Brigade broke the French at Waterloo. Two Eagles and 2,000 prisoners were taken, but at a heavy cost, the Inniskillings suffering particularly heavy casualties. Of the 396 Officers and men of the Regiment who took part in the battle, at the close of day they had lost 1 officer and 72 men killed, 5 officers, including their Colonel, Lt. Colonel and 2 Captains and 111 rank and file wounded, a casualty rate of 55%.
Due to amount of wording on the medal, the start of rank is partly obscured by suspension but this is as issued.
Condition GF, polished, contact marks and edge wear, though bar ‘AG’ of unit, the naming is remarkably good..With replacement silver loop and large iron ring suspension.
A good Union Brigade NCO’s medal. Quite heavily polished, however given the recipients long service; 18 years after receiving the medal, this is to be expected