Created in 1857 by Napoleon III for issue to surviving soldiers of Napoleon Bonaparte's Grande Armée (French, Belgium’s, Dutch, Danish, Irish, etc..) who had served between 1792 and 1815.
The document is named ‘Roy, Denis Andre, ancient militaire aux 8e Trailleurs de la Jeune Garde’ and numbered; ‘115644’. Document in old frame; pasted to a backing board. A bit of age foxing to document but no damage. Frame backing has been opened to examine medal and document.
The medal obverse shows the bust of Emperor Napoleon I. The reverse inscribed ‘Campagnes de 1792 a 1815. Medal with nice original ribbon which has been attached to the document by old wire. It has clearly always been mounted this way.
Dénis André Roy was born in Argenteuil around 1795 and served with the 8e Tirailleurs de la Jeune Garde from 1814 (8th regiment of skirmishers of the Young Guard). This regiment was formed in 1813, taking part in the German Campaign of 1813; battles of Dresden and Leipsig. In 1814, it fought in the campaign for France, including the battles of Brienne, Bar-sur-Aube, Troyes and Arcis-sur-Aube. Disbanded on the abdication of Napoleon, the regiment for reformed in 1815.
A good medal and award document to a soldier of the French Young Guard.