Battle of Waterloo uniform fetches £30,000 at auction

July 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A uniform worn by an English Lieutenant Colonel who was injured in the Battle of Waterloo has sold for £30,000 at auction.

Lt Col Fiennes Sanderson Miller fought the French when he was badly wounded at the battle in 1815.

His red jacket, black silk cocked hat and two swords were recovered along with a belt pouch containing vital battle strategies.

The gear was handed down through his family who kept it in storage for almost 200 years.

Lt Colonel Miller’s Waterloo bravery medal and his battle notes sold separately to the uniform for £34,800.

The lots smashed the previous record for military memorabilia of £15,600 when it was bought by a private collector at auctioneers Thomas Del Mar Ltd in London.

Auctioneer Thomas Del Mar said: ”We have been fantastically excited by this latest collection of such a pivotal time in our history.

”It is a historically significant collection of objects from one of the greatest battles in British military history. The medal is extremely fine.

”The memorabilia has been kept in excellent condition by the Lt Col Miller’s family. It has been passed down through the generations.”

Lt Col Miller, who was born in 1743 in Radway, near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warks.

He was commissioned into the 6th Dragoons, in Northern Ireland in 1799.

In 1814 he led three squadrons against the French at the Battle of Waterloo in Flanders, Belgium.

During the fierce fighting he was injured when a cannon-ball shattered his right thigh and he was reluctantly discharged with a £300-a-year pension.

In recognition of his bravery he was awarded the Waterloo Medal. He later married and had four sons and three daughters.

His youngest son, Frederick, born in 1831, joined the Royal Artillery and was awarded the Victoria Cross in the Crimean War in 1854.

Miller became both a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Warwickshire, and died in 1862.

Lt Col Miller had an exemplary military career being commissioned into the 6th Dragoons, in Northern Ireland in 1799.

In 1814 he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel and the following year led the British Army in one of the most famous military triumphs in history.

The Anglo-Allied coalition, led by the Duke of Wellington, saw Napoleon’s army defeated signalling the end of his role as Emperor.

Last June a uniform which was worn by Captain John Richard James Hart sold for £13,000.

Capt Hart served in the battle of Waterloo with the 52nd Oxfordshire Regiment – one of the strongest infantry regiments in the battle.

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