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№ 987


1 December 2004

Hammer Price:

A fine Napoleonic War campaign pair awarded to Corporal Robert Pocock, 40th Foot, a remarkable soldier who was wounded at the assault and capture of Monte Video in 1807, at the battle of Vimiera in 1808, at the storming of Badajoz in 1812, and at the battle of Waterloo in 1815

Military General Service 1793-1814, 9 clasps, Egypt, Vimiera, Talavera, Busaco, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Toulouse (Robt. Pocock, Corpl. 40th Foot); Waterloo 1815 (Robert Pocock, 1st Batt. 40th Reg. Foot) fitted with replacement silver clip and bar suspension, both medals fitted with ribbon buckles, edge bruising and contact wear, otherwise good fine and better (2) £3500-4000

Robert Pocock was born at Chutton, Taunton, Somerset, and enlisted into the 40th Regiment at Poole, Dorset, on 24 July 1799, aged twenty-one. Pocock served for a total of 19 years 180 days, plus an additional allowance of 2 years for Waterloo, and was discharged in the rank of Corporal at Glasgow on 19 January 1819, in consequence of a reduction in the establishment of the regiment. His discharge papers state that ‘he served in Holland, South America, Peninsula, North America, and at Waterloo, and was wounded in the left shoulder at the afsault and capture of Monte Video, in the right hand at Vimiera, in the right arm at Badajoz, and in the left arm at Waterloo.’

Sold with full research including muster details and copy discharge papers.