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A Scots Grey at Waterloo : the Remarkable Story of Sergeant William Clarke.

Author: Gareth Glover
Publisher: Havertown : Pen & Sword Books Limited, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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William Clarke of Prestonpans, Scotland, joined the 2nd Royal North British Dragoons, the Scots Greys, in 1803. Clarke had risen to the rank of sergeant by the time the regiment was ordered to Belgium on the news that Napoleon had escaped from Elba. Forming part of what became known as the Union Brigade, the Scots Greys played a key role in Napoleons defeat at Waterloo. The John Rylands Library, Manchester, recently  Read more...
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Glover, Gareth.
A Scots Grey at Waterloo : The Remarkable Story of Sergeant William Clarke.
Havertown : Pen & Sword Books Limited, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gareth Glover
ISBN: 9781473894044 1473894042
OCLC Number: 1007082202
Description: 1 online resource (357 pages)
Contents: Cover --
Title --
Copyright --
Contents --
List of Plates --
Foreword --
Chapter 1: The Road to Enlisting --
Chapter 2: The Scots Greys --
Chapter 3: Joining & Initial Training --
Chapter 4: Recuperation at Reculver --
Chapter 5: Storms, Shipwrecks & Smugglers --
Chapter 6: Change of Quarters --
Chapter 7: The Gypsy Kingâ#x80;#x99;s Tale --
Chapter 8: He Fights During the 7 Years War --
Chapter 9: Garrisons in the North --
Chapter 10: Ireland & Smuggling --
Chapter 11: Dundalk Bathers & More Smugglers --
Plate section Chapter 12: The Midlands in Revolt & Prisoner EscortsChapter 13: Canterbury Again --
Chapter 14: Ordered to Belgium --
Chapter 15: Denderhoutem --
Chapter 16: The Bugle Calls --
Chapter 17: Retreat to Waterloo --
Chapter 18: 18 June 1815 --
Chapter 19: The Brigade Charges --
Chapter 20: Prisoner Escort to Brussels --
Chapter 21: The Field of Battle --
Chapter 22: The March to Paris --
Chapter 23: George IVâ#x80;#x99;s Visit to Scotland --
Appendix 1: Scandal Hushed --
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William Clarke of Prestonpans, Scotland, joined the 2nd Royal North British Dragoons, the Scots Greys, in 1803. Clarke had risen to the rank of sergeant by the time the regiment was ordered to Belgium on the news that Napoleon had escaped from Elba. Forming part of what became known as the Union Brigade, the Scots Greys played a key role in Napoleons defeat at Waterloo. The John Rylands Library, Manchester, recently acquired William Clarkes 600-page, handwritten memoir describing his enlistment and military career, the highlight of which was the Waterloo campaign, which he describes in unusual detail in the vernacular of the day, presented and annotated by the renowned historian Garth Glover. Thanks to this rare discovery, the reader can follow the movements of the Scots Greys at every stage of the action throughout the three days from Quatre-Bras to that climatic encounter on the Mont St Jean. Clarke naturally portrays the charge of the Union Brigade in dramatic and heroic terms, but he claims that the man who led the charge, Major General William Ponsonby, was killed by a musket ball and not cut down by French cavalry, as is usually stated, for recklessly charging too far. After the battle, Clarke was part of the Burial Party. He then graphically describes the sad scene as he does the trail of the defeated French army as the pursuing Prussians cut a merciless path on their way to Paris. A Scots Grey at Waterloo provides the reader with an exceptionally in-depth account of the actions of the cavalry at Waterloo that will mark this memoir out as one of the most significant to have been published in the last 200 years.

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