WATERLOO 1815 ‘JOSEPH POPE. 2ND BATT. THIRD GUARDS’ NAMING RE-ENGRAVED EXCEPT ‘2ND BATT.’ AND ‘GUARDS’; ARMY L.S. & G.C., W.IV.R. ‘JOSEPH POPE, SCOTS FUSILIER GUARDS. 1837.’
Joseph Pope, aged 22, a labourer from Frittenden, near Cranbrook, Kent, attested for the Third Foot Guards (Scots Fusilier Guards), on 6 December 1813. His service papers note that he had served in; “Holland Belgium and France 1814 & 1815 was present at the battle of Waterloo also Portugal in 1827 & 1828 remainder at Home”
The 2nd battalion, Third Foot Guards embarked at London for Holland at the end of December 1813 as part of Sir Thomas Graham’s force and were in action against the French at the first and second attacks on Antwerp and the disastrous attack on Bergen-op-Zoom in March 1814, where the Guards formed part of the storming party. Following Napoleon’s abdication the regiment moved to Brussels, where it remained until his escape from exile, taking part in the Waterloo campaign, fighting at Quatre Bras on 16 June and at Waterloo two days later. Joseph Pope served in Lieutenant-Colonel Charles West’s Company at Waterloo.
Private Pope was finally discharged on 27 June 1836, having remained a Private for his entire service. His character given as having been; “That his conduct has been that of a very good soldier..”
Note: The renamed portion of the Waterloo is certainly of a contemporary style and shows wear to it, consistent with the rest of the medal, suggesting again that it was done within the recipients lifetime.
Condition fitted with original steel clip and ring suspension, a little edge bruising and contact marks, NVF, the second, replacement ring suspension VF. Sold with copy service papers on CD.