Military History | 28 March 2013

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William Roe (Irish, 2nd quarter 19th century)

Sold for £380

Est: £80–120

William Roe (Irish, 2nd quarter 19th century)
Full standing portrait of an Officer of the 95th Rifles
Signed lower right
Contemporary artist label and later label inscribed 'Colonel Amos Norcott at the Battle of Waterloo'
37cm x 26cm
Lieutenant-Colonel Norcott , later Major General Sir Amos Norcott, CB, KCH., by 1816 was already looking back on a distinguished service career. He had served with the 33rd Foot in the Low Countries, 1794-5, the capture of the Dutch fleet at Saldanha Bay, Expedition to Manila, 1797, and transferred to the Rifle Corps in 1802, serving with them at Buenos Ayres, 1807, Sweden, 1809, and the Corunna Campaign, the Walcheren Expedition, Peninsula and Waterloo.
Norcott was in an excellent position to comment on the equipment of the regiment, having served as Brigade-Major to Major-General Ramsey virtually since its inception. He led the assault on Buenos Ayres on July 5th 1807, commanding the advance guard of General Craufurd s column of attack and was made prisoner with Craufurd. He returned to England in 1808, and sailed with the force under Sir John Moore, serving throughout that campaign and at the Battle of Corunna. He commanded part of the 95th in the expedition to the Schedlt, and served during the siege of Flushing in 1809.
In 1810 he received the brevet of Lt-Colonel. He embarked with the remnants of the 2nd Battalion for Cadiz in 1810 and remained there til the siege was raised in 1812, commanding part of the Rifles in the battle of Barrosa, before re-joining the reconstituted other elements of the 2/95th with Wellington s army at Madrid. He commanded the 2/95th through all the operations on the Nive and before Bayonne in 1813. He was seriously wounded at Tarbes in March, 1814, but rejoined the Regiment near Toulouse two months later. He commanded the 2/95th at Waterloo where he was carried from the field badly wounded, but again re-joined swiftly in September and continued in command of the 95th until the army evacuated Paris in November 1815. It should be noted that according to Colonel Smith, brother of Sir Harry Smith, the 2/95th held the place of honour leading the army into Paris for the occupation of 1815.

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