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OUTSTANDING GUELPHIC PAIR FOR WATERLOO NCO KGL, WHO IN THE INITIAL FIGHT FOR LA HAIE SAINTE WAS SHOT, THEN RIDDEN OVER BY FRENCH CUIRASSIERS AND SEVERELY WOUNDED, TOOK COMMAND OF HIS COMPANY AND ONLY WHEN SHOT A THIRD TIME WAS HE CARRIED FROM THE FIELD!

GUELPHIC MEDAL ‘SERJT…NST WINTER VOM JAG….ALLION’ WATERLOO 1815 ‘ COLOUR SERJT E WINTER, 1ST LIGHT BATT K.G.L.’

Prior to the attack on La Haie Sainte, two companies of the 1st Light Battalion; Captain Goeben’s (of Which Winter was senior NCO) and Wynecken’s, were detached from the rest of the battalion and posted as skirmishers. Extended in line to the right of the farm house, with companies of the 2nd Light Battalion defending the Orchard. As the attack commenced, the French of Donzelot’s Division advanced, coming under heavy fire from the riflemen. However the superior force of the French columns soon began to tell and the 2nd light were pushed back from the orchard. Major Baring of the 2nd Light endeavoured to take it back but then French Cavalry; the 1st and 4th Cuirassiers, burst through the French ranks and upon Goeben’s and Wynecken’s skirmishers who were literally ridden over. The skirmishers tried to reform in the orchard but such was the force upon them that Baring ordered a retreat of his men into the farmhouse. Some men of the 1st light made it into the farm house, others made it back to their own lines several hundred yards to the rear. However many were killed and wounded by the Cavalry and advancing French infantry. It is for his actions during this part of the battle, that Colour Sergt Winter received the Guelphic medal for bravery. He was on the initial list of recommendations in 1818. His citation from Von Wissel:

‘2 Companies of the Battalion were stationed right of the Brussels to Charleroi road, Their Tirailleurers suffered by enemy cavalry. Winter was wounded by gun shot early, then ridden over by cavalry and severely wounded. In spite of his wounds he remains with his company and took over command of the company when his officers were down until the evening he received another wound and was carried from the field’

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