June’s Object of the Month continues the celebration of the 200 year anniversary since the Battle of Waterloo and The Black Watch’s involvement in the Waterloo Campaign, with a fragment of the 42nd’s Colours and the Waterloo Medal of Quartermaster Finlay King. King was a member of the 42nd Royal Highlanders, who joined the Regiment in 1803 and continued to serve until his death at Guernsey on the 1st November 1842.
King fought in the Battle of Waterloo, which took place on the 18th June 1815 against the French Army of Napoleon Bonaparte: he received this silver medal for his service. The Government decided that a silver medal should be awarded to all those who took part in the Waterloo Campaign. This was the first time that such a medal had been officially produced. Every man who received the medal was also awarded 2 years’ extra service, which counted towards their pension.
King’s medal is featured with the fragment of the 42nd Highland Regiments Colours (1802-1817), which consists of a red embroidered piece of material creating the word PENINSULA on a dark blue silk background, as Finlay was the soldier who recovered the fragment, presumably from the end of the Battle, but it is not known for certain.