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Ensign Charles Ewart

Bill-Poster celebrating Ewarts capture of the French Eagle at Waterloo

Period:
19th Century
Description:

Transcription Reads - Charles Ewart, Serjeant in the Scots Greys, carrying off the Eagle belonging to one of the most distinguished divisions of the French Infantry at the Battle of Waterloo; which he captured in a charge made by his Regiment about the middle of the action.

In performing this gallant exploit, he had to maintain three desperate single combats in all of which he displayed equal intrepidity as a Soldier, and skill as a Swordsman by parrying every attack & successively disabling each of his assailants (one of whom was a Polish Lancer) by a single stroke. He is a native of Kilmarnock in Ayrshire and served 24 years in the Greys, he is 43 years of age, six feet high, well proportioned, and an admirable Swordsman.

On account of his distinguished gallantry on this occasion, he has been promoted to a Commission in the Royal Veteran Battalion.  The Eagle which is of Gold, or Silver Gilt, with the flag attached to it, is accurately delineated in the above representation. The number (45), on the flag, is that of the REgiment to which it belonged, being one of those which stiled itself 'Invincible' and which on this as on a former occasion, was completely discomfited by British valour.

Place of Production:
Edinburgh
Materials/Media:
Paper
Dimensions:
49cm x 66.5cm
Source:
The Dick Institute
Accession number:
RI-DI-0051143
Digital Number:
EAPR049n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council