Corp. Thomas Brayshard, 2nd Batt. 30th. Foot.
Original iron clip and old iron replacement ring.
Part of Major-General Sir Colin Halkett’s 5th British Brigade, the 30th were heavily engaged at Quatre Bras on 16 June 1815. At around 5.30 p.m., Halkett’s troops were surprised by a brigade of cuirassiers under General Kellerman. While the 33rd (West Riding) and 73rd (Perthshire) Regiments fled for the safety of Bossu Wood, the 69th (South Lincolnshire) Regiment was cut to pieces. The cuirassiers captured the 69th’s King’s Colour, the only colour ever lost under Wellington’s direct command.
Only the 30th Foot, Halkett’s final unit, stood firm. Lieutenant-Colonel Bailey calmly ordered the regiment to form square, and its close-range volleys proved devastating to the cuirassiers. The regiment’s steadiness, as compared with Halkett’s other units, may be explained by the fact that only the 30th had served in Spain. Brogan was himself a Peninsula veteran, entitled to a Military General Service Medal with clasps for ‘Fuentes d’Onor’ and ‘Salamanca’.
Following the 30-mile retreat from Quatre Bras, Halkett’s much-reduced Brigade took up positions on the reverse slope of the Mont St. Jean ridge, just nine miles south of Brussels. Stationed just west of the Brussels-Charleroi road, the 30th Foot held the exact centre of Wellington’s line, cruelly exposed to the fire of the French ‘Grand Battery’. When the French cavalry attacked at 4 p.m., the 30th and 73rd formed a joint square, so depleted were their numbers. Wellington himself sheltered within this square, which became his Headquarters for the next two hours. When the Middle Guard recoiled at 8 p.m., the 30th sprang forward with the general advance, recapturing La Haye Sainte.
Thomas Braysha(w ) was born at Keighley, Yorks and died in the regimental hospital at Secunderabad, India 2 April, 1819
Thomas Brayshaw is shown in 1807 as mustered with the City of York Militia