disc only (Sir E.Blakeney, K.C.B. & Lieut-Col 7th Foot.). Small drill hole at 12 o'clock on each side and some edge bruising, otherwise nearly very fine. (1)
Entitled to four bars, Badajos, Cuidad Rodrigo, Nivelle, Nive.
He joined the Army as Cornet in the 8th Light Dragoons and was later appointed lieutenant in the same regiment. He was promoted to Captain on 24.12.1794. He served in the West Indies in 1796 and was present at the capture of Demerara, Berbice and Essequibo; after which the regiment was reduced and he returned with the Staff of the regiment to England. He had been taken prisoners three times whilst in the West Indies by privateers. He paid the difference between half pay and full pay, and was appointed to a company in the 17th, which he joined at St.Domingo, and remained there until the evacuation. He returned with his regiment to Europe and then went to Holland. He was present in the actions of the 10th and 19th September and the 2nd and 6th October 1799. In 1800 he accompanied the 17th Foot to the Mediterranean, and was stationed in the Island of Minorca. The 17th Sept 1800 he succeeded to a Majority in the 17th, and was placed on half-pay in 1802. He was removed to full pay in the 47th, and the 24th March 1804, appointed Major of the 7th or Royal Fusiliers. He was present at the seige of Fort Bourbon, and the capture of Martinique. The 20th of June 1811, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel in the 7th Foot. From 1812 to 1814 he served in the Peninsula under the Duke of Wellington. He was present at the battles of Buscao and Albuhera; seiges of Cuidad Rodrigo and Badajos; the actions of Aldea de Ponte, and other minor ones. Also the battles of Vittoria, Pampluna, the Pyrenees and Nivelle. The 4th June 1814, he obtained the brevet of Colonel. He then sailed from England to Jamaica with the fuiliers, and joined the Army against New Orleans, under the command of Major General Sir E.Pakenham, and was present at the assault of the lines before that place. In 1815 he returned to England with the Regiment, and immediately accompanied it to Ostend, and joined the army under the Duke of Wellington before Paris.
He was wounded through the thigh at the battle of Albuhera, and through the arm at the storming of Badajos. He was created K.C.B. for his services; Knight of the Portuguese Order of the Tower and Sword; and the Army Gold Cross with one clasp for the capture of Martinique, battle of Albuhera, seige of Badajos, and battles of Vittoria and the Pyrenees.
He was quoted during his time against the French as saying "During the closest part of the action I saw French officers endeavouring to deploy their columns (within 50 metres of the British battle line from attack column to battle line), but all to no purpose; for, as soon as the third of the company got out they immediately ran back, to be covered by the front of the column (and escape the withering fire being poured into them by the British infantry)".