Waterloo Wounds

The following table describes the kind of wounds suffered by men at Waterloo, in this instance men of the 2/30th who survived to claim a pension.

There are also two officers whose wounds are of particular interest. Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton took a wound to the leg which, according to the surgeon, Elkington, should have occasioned amputation. Three times the tourniquet was applied, and three times the surgeon was called to other wounded men. As a result, the amputation never took place, and Hamilton recovered.

Even more unexpected was the survival of Lieutenant Lockwood. As Elkington recorded in his journal: ‘I also received Lieutenant Lockwood with a wound of a musket ball in the front sinus. I sent him to the farm at Quatre Bras, whilst I saw the Artillery open fire on the advance of the Cavalry, up the Charleroi road. Shortly after the repulse of the Cavalry I was ordered up to the front to some of the wounded of the Regiment. I attempted to pass down the high road but my horse would not pass the numerous dead men and horses of the French that lay in the road, and I entered the fields on my left and dressed some men at a farmhouse. I then returned to Quatre Bras and extracted the ball (as I thought) from Lieutenant Lockwood’s frontal bone, but three weeks after a portion was found in the sinus and the trephine was used to extract it.” Even by mid-July his recovery was still doubtful, but he did recover, and survived until 1859. He became known as “Bombproof” Lockwood, on account of the silver plate in his skull, engraved with that boast.

NAME TYPE OF WOUND DATE OFDISCHARGE
Cpl Joseph Andrews Gunshot wound through thigh;disabled left hand 1815
Samuel Barnacle Loss of use of left hand 1816
John Blackburn Gunshot wound to left side 1816
Marshal Bodymore Right thigh 1817
Laurence Brady Paralysis from Waterloo wounds 1817
Daniel Brennan Hand and leg; leg finally amputated 1817
Denis Brogan Right foot 1816
Joseph Brown Left arm amputated 1816
James Bunker Right leg, by shell 1818
Thomas Cochrane Hand and back 1815
James Connolly Left leg; behind left ear 1817
Charles Cook Right arm and right leg 1817
Patrick Daly hand 1816
Sgt John Darville head 1816
John Davey Right leg, gunshot wound 1818
Robert Dawes Broken arm, wounded at Waterloo 1816
Cpl Benjamin Detheridge Right arm, right leg 1817
John Devoy Left hand 1817
Cpl Thomas Dobbs Right leg 1817
John Driver Left leg 1817
Moses Dyer Wounded in abdomen 1817
George Edwards Gunshot wound, left leg 1816
Benjamin Fieldstone Right arm 1817
Daniel Flinn Left shoulder 1817
Robert Forbes Left hand 1817
Thomas Foster Gunshot wound, right leg 1816
John Harty Left cheek 1817
Daniel Keeghan Thigh 1817
John Lanxter Left thigh 1817
Patrick Lawler Sabre cut left hand; wound to thigh 1815
Thomas Lowe Left arm and shoulder 1816
Michael Lynch Right thigh 1817
Philip Lynch Left leg 1817
John Lynham Musket shot through ankle 1816
James Mahon Compaction of knee joint caused bywound to thigh 1816
John McAndrews Left foot 1816
James McCabe Right thigh amputated 1815
Michael McGrath Loss of use of arm from woundreceived at waterloo 1816
Peter Muxloe Musket wound of the head 1816
Henry Nowell Broken arm, wounded at Waterloo 1816
Cpl Michael O’Neill Right leg 1817
James Patrick Leg (at Quatre Bras) 1817
Robert Ramsden Loss of left leg 1816
Edward Ripton Amputated right thigh 1816
Patrick Robinson Broken arm, wound received atWaterloo 1816
William Ryan Lost left eye from wound received atWaterloo 1816
James Ryan Shell at Waterloo, wound of abdomen 1816
Cpl Joseph Saville Left hand 1816
Col Sgt Joseph Scotton Gunshot wound to right leg 1816
John Shanaghan Loss of use of arm 1816
Elias Simpson Right arm and fingers 1817
Cpl John Slowey Groin and thigh 1817
Donald Smith Gunshot wound, left arm 1816
Nathaniel Smith Right foot 1816
Thomas Sparkes Hip joint 1818
John Stubbs Right thigh 1816
William Taylor Left leg 1817
William Thompson Right thigh 1816
William Tinsley Left leg 1816
Humphrey Vizer Left arm 1816
Richard Ward groin 1816
James Waters Right thigh 1816
Sgt William Watkins Right knee and middle right finger 1822
Richard Webb Musket ball received in action withthe enemy 1815

 

Comments (1)

  1. Martin Aaron 25th November 2015 at 10:00 am

    Fascinating stuff as always Carole! Thanks so much for publishing these – can I ask where they come from? Is it a PRO document or is there a regimental archive?

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