Waterloo 1815 Captain, 1st Bat. 92nd Highlanders. Commanded a company at Waterloo, and present at the historic Duchess of Richmonds Ball on the eve of Waterloo. Original steel clip and ring suspension
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Capt. Claud Alexander, 1st Bat. 92nd Highlanders
Original steel clip and ring suspension
Claud Alexander was born in 1789, son of Claud Alexander of Ballochmyle, Ayrshire. He was appointed Ensign in the Renfrewshire Militia on 20 February 1804, and shortly afterwards purchased an ensigncy in the 1st Foot Guards. Lieutenant, 92nd Foot on 19 September 1805, and became Adjutant on 2 June 1808, a position he still held at Waterloo where he was the senior Lieutenant and Adjutant in the regiment though commanding a company in his own right in the rank of Captain. A rank confirmed 18 July, 1816
Lieutenant Alexander served with the 92nd in the Peninsula from August 1808 to January 1809, including the battle of Corunna, and afterwards in the Walcheren Expedition. He was again in the Peninsula from October 1810 to April 1814, being present at Fuentes D’Onor, Arroyo dos Molinos, Almaraz, Alba de Tormes, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nive, Orthes, and Aire.
The regiment had a key role in the Battle of Quatre Bras on 16 June 1815 as one of the regiments defending the disputed crossroads and which later halted a French attack with a bayonet charge including their Colonel, John Cameron, at the head of the 92nd.
The Regiment suffered greatly at Quatres Bras and mustered only some 250 at Waterloo on the 18th. At an early stage, Napoleon’s troops attacked the left of the Allied line, and the regiment was ordered to charge the leading French column. The regiment did so and the French column then broke in disorder. The horses of the Scots Greys passed through the regiment to get to the scattering French troops and press the advantage. At this point some members of the regiment clung to the stirrups of the passing Greys so that they could reach the French troops. Corporal Dickson of “F” Troop of the Scots Greys, reported: “They were all Gordons, and as we passed through them they shouted ‘Go at them the Greys! Scotland for ever!’ My blood thrilled at this and I clutched my sabre tighter. Many of them grasped our stirrups and in the fiercest excitement, dashed with us into the fight.
25 of the 35 officers were killed or wounded at Quatres Bras and Waterloo, apart from their Colonel Major Mitchell was disabled at Quatres Bras with command devolving to Major MacDonald. All six Captains were killed or wounded, leaving Alexander as the next senior rank. By the evening of Waterloo approximately 130 all all ranks mustered.
Lieutenant Alexander was one of very few regimental officer to be present at the Duchess of Richmond’s Ball held on 15 June, as Adjutantto his commanding officer, Colonel John Cameron of Fassiefern of the 92nd, whose regiment had been raised by the Duchess’s brother. Lieutenant Alexander was present to introduce a display of Highland sword dancing and reels and to a skirl of pipes he led in Pipe-Major Alexander Cameron and four sergeants bearing broadswords to entertain the guests. Lieutenant Alexander’s uniform, by family tradition worn at the Ball, is held by the National Museum of Scotland. Lieutenant and Adjutant Alexander was present at Quatre Bras and Waterloo, and was promoted to Captain on 18 July 1815. He quitted the service in 1821, living afterwards at Ballochmyle. He married Elizabeth Keatinge, daughter of Colonel Maurice St. Leger Keatinge and Lady Martha Brabazon. He died in 1845, without issue in 1845.
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