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Extracted from: Waterloo Men of Northamptonshire by Martin Aaron
Men living in the Higham Ferrers Hundred who served.


Daniel Baker enlisted in 1814, giving his profession as a shoemaker. At Waterloo he served in the 11th Light Dragoons - Jenkin's Troop. Following Waterloo the regiment was send to India and he died at Cawnpore on 12th September 1826. His will left £10 16s 1½d (a considerable sum) to his father, Benjamin, at Rushden.

John Baker had enlisted three years earlier in 1811. At Waterloo he served in the 40th Foot - Number 7 Company. The combined campaigning experiences of this hardened bunch of veterans can be measured by the fact that, despite only 20 of the men living to claim their Peninsula medals, a total of 113 clasps were issued to men from this company. John Baker served in the Peninsula and North America. At Waterloo he was hit by a musket ball just to the side of his right eye, which permanently impaired his vision. Despite this he remained in the regiment until 1826 when he was finally discharged aged 33, his conduct being listed as "particularly good."

Presumably these two men were brothers or cousins.

Note: Daniel was born 1794 son of Benjamin, John was born 1795 son of William, and both were baptised at St Mary's Church.


Private William Barrack fought in Number 8 Troop of the King's Dragoon Guards. He died of his wounds on 26th June 1815.


Sarjeant Samuel Nichols was one of the fifty men of the Royal Horse Artillery who lost their lives in the Waterloo Campaign. He had joined in 1795 aged 18 years and served with the Troop through the Peninsular War, seeing action at many of the great battles from Bussaco in 1810 to Toulouse in 1814. At Waterloo he served in D Troop under the command of Captain George Beane, who was also killed.

Private John Phillips fought in the 69th Foot, in Number 2 Company and survived the slaughter of his regiment at Quatre Bras only to be struck by a musket ball in the left shoulder two days later at Waterloo. His military career was short – having enlisted in 1813 aged 20, his Waterloo wound caused his early discharge in 1816, which perhaps meant his arm had been amputated.


Private Samuel Warren enlisted in Daventry in 1814 aged 18 for unlimited service and served until 1832.


Private John Worley (or Worsley on some documents) enlisted in 1812. He served in Number 2 Company of the 28th Foot Regiment which suffered heavily at Quatre and Waterloo. He was among the wounded but survived and discharged in 1819, aged 36, having completed his seven years' service. He died in 1863.

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