Peninsular Wars Military General Service Medal

Via Flickr:Military General Service Medal.4 bars – Vimiera, Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca, Toulouse.

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Named to – W. Lemon, Serjt. 40th. Foot.),

Colour Sergeant William Lemon, born Combestock, near Exeter, Devon c.1771; enlisted in the 40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot with the rank of Corporal, July 1799; served with the Regiment during operations on and off the coast of Egypt, and suffered a wound to the right arm during the heavy fighting on the 21st March 1801, when the French Army was finally defeated; promoted Sergeant, 1802; served with the Regiment throughout the Peninsula War, from the Battle of Vimiera, August 1808, to Toulouse, April 1814;

Wounded in the right hand at Badajoz, 1812, his wounds preventing him from taking part in the main assault, and from qualifying for the clasp; served with the Regiment in Captain P. Bishop’s Company during the Waterloo Campaign, 16-18.6.1815, and received a severe fracture to the lower jaw at Waterloo, 18.6.1815;

Discharged May 1817, after 19 years and 297 days with the Colours, having shown ‘much gallantry in front of the enemy.’ (Service papers refer).

Colour Sergeant Lemon died, March 1849, before he was able to claim the ‘Egypt’ clasp for his medal, which was not sanctioned until 1851.


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