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THE PENINSULAR CAMPAIGN IN SPAIN // OFFICER Scarce // Officer A Fine Napoleonic Period item.

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A Stall Plate for the Companion of the Bath named to: Colonel William Edgell Wyatt.

Commissioned Ensign in the 29th Regiment of Foot on 22 Feb. 1793, his subsequent ranks were Lieut. on 5 Feb., 1774, Captain and Lieut. on 25 April, 1795, Captain on 17 Nov., 1795 and Major on 24, May 1803. He left the 29th Regt. to be a Lieut-Colonel in command of 2/ R.W.F (ROYAL WELCH FUSILIERS). 18 Feb., 1808. During his service in the 29th Regt. he had been with them in America, and during his command of 2/ R.W.F. he led them in the retreat to Corunna and later in the Walcheron Expedition where he developed a fever which lift a serious mark on his health.

He died on 17 May 1820 and was buried in Egham Churchyard. He was nominated C.B. on 4 June 1815 and received the Army Gold Medal engraved Corunna. Both this medal and his decoration are in possession of the Regimental Museum.

At the end of the Battle of Corunna Sir William Napier has thus described the British General's death -- Sir John Moore.

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"Sir John Moore, whilst earnestly watching the result of the fight about the village of Elvino, was struck on the left breast by a cannon-shot. The shock threw him from his horse with violence, but he rose again in the sitting posture, his countenance unchanged, and his steadfast eye still fixed upon the regiments engaged in his front, no sign betraying a sensation of pain. In a few moments, when he was satisfied that the troops were gaining ground, his countenance brightened, and he suffered himself to be taken to the rear. Being placed in a blanket for removal , an entanglement of the belt caused the hilt of his sword to enter the wound, and Captain Hardinge attempted to take it away altogether, but with martial pride the stricken man forbade the alleviation, - he would not part with his sword in the field. (This sword is now in the possession of the Officers' mess of the 43rd. Regiment (Oxford Light Infantry - It was presented to the regt. by General Lynedoch Gardiner).

Wrapped in a military cloak the warrior's remains were consigned to their resting-place, by the officers of his staff, in the citadel of Corunna. The guns of the enemy paid his funeral honours, and Marshal Soult evinced the respect he bore to departed valor, by chivalrously raising a monument to his memory. It may be added that the soldiers of the 9th Foot dug his grave on the rampart, and the well-known lines by the Rev. Charles Wolfe are as truthful as they are poetic. The several regiments, and their commanding officers, composing the army under Lieut-General Sir John Moore at Corunna, included Colonel WILLIAM E. WYATT (23RD. 2nd. BATT.)."

A notification appeared in the "London Gazette", dated giving officer's who took part in "The brilliant victories" that included Corunna -- that the officers of the Army should be awarded the Gold Medal.

Although the first reference to the regiment as "Royal" occurs in 1712, the following year, the cumbersome title of The Prince of Wales's Own Royal Regiment of Welch Fusiliers was granted by George I in recognition of the bravery and loyalty of the regiment. Also granted at this time was the privilege of wearing the Prince of Wales's Feathers and the Badge of the Rising Sun on the Regimental Colors.

Colonel William Edgell Wyatt's medals reside in the ROYAL WELCH FUSILIERS' regimental museum along with his portrait.