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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 58

(x) Pair: Private E. Stillman, 10th (Prince of Wales's Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars)

Waterloo 1815 (Ebenezer Stillman, 10th Royal Reg. Hussars.); Military General Service 1793-1814, 1 clasp, Toulouse (E. Stillman, 10th Hussars.), light contact marks to both, first polished, good fine and better (2)

Ebenezer Stillman was born at St. George's, London, on 4 November 1791, and was a shoemaker by trade before joining the army. He attested for the 10th (Prince of Wales's Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars) on 4 November 1812 and was allocated the regimental number 38.

At Waterloo the 10th were part of the 6th Cavalry Brigade under the command of Peninsular War veteran Major-General Sir Hussey Vivian, and after initially being stationed on the far left flank of Wellington's army later in the day they were re-positioned around the centre and made several gallant charges during the initial rout and eventual pursuit when Napoleon's army finally broke.

Stillman continued with the regiment after the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars - indeed, upon his discharge in April 1839 at Hounslow he had served for an impressive 28 years 109 days. However, he remained a Private throughout and was not entitled to a medal for Long Service and Good Conduct due to imprisonment for 16 days in 1830 due to some misdemenour; aged 47 at the time of his leaving the army, he must have been one of the oldest private soldiers in the regiment.

Sold with copied Discharge papers and some typed research.

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