18th June, 1815The 1st Battalion of the 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers fought at the Battle of Waterloo. They were inspected by the Duke of Wellington just before the Battle and described as thus:
“I saw the 23rd the other day and I never saw a regiment in such order. They are not strong in numbers, but it was the most complete and handsome military body I ever looked at.”
Of the 660 soldiers in the Battalion, 190 were Welsh:
81 from north Wales (40 from Denbighshire, 6 from Caernarvonshire, 2 from Anglesey)
109 from mid and south Wales (Montgomery: 28, Cardigan: 23, Pembrokeshire: 18)
The Battalion fought on the right of the Allied Army and spent most of the day in square under cavalry attack but also faced one infantry attack. It lost its commanding officer, Colonel Sir Henry Ellis, together with three other officers and 11 men killed and 8 officers and 78 men wounded.
Don't forget our commemoration event at the Museum inside Caernarfon Castle 8th and 9th August.