fitted with steel clip and replacement straight bar suspension (Ass. Surg. F.Degenhard, 3rd Line Batt. K.G.L.). A couple of minute edge bruises, otherwise good very fine. (1)
Francis Degenhard was Assistant Surgeon Infantry of the Line (3rd Battalion), 7.10.1813; Same entries for 1815 and 1816 Army Lists.
Wellington had much confidence in the K.G.L. at Waterloo. Virtually the whole of the Legion was in action, except the 6th and 7th Line Battalions. The contribution of Major Baring and the 2nd Light Battalion in holding La Haye Sainte is well chronicled, but in this exploit he was significantly reinforced by Companies from the 1st Light Battalion and the 5th Line Battalion. So too the British Guards at Hougoumont were backed by the 2nd Line Battalion and Companies of the 1st, 3rd and 4th Battalions. Their prominent role in the Battle inevitably produced severe casualties (of 512 Legion Officers present, approximately 40 were killed, with about 90 wounded); whilst over 1400 other ranks from a total of 6,492 were hors de combat. Thus a quarter of the Officers and one fifth of the men figure on the casualty returns.