The Royal Welch Fusiliers


The Royal Welch Fusiliers 23rd foot, was first formed when Lord Herbert of Chirbury was given a warrant " to raise volunteers for a regiment of foot" on the 16th March 1689. The Regiment is the oldest infantry regiment of Wales. Originally raised by William III to oppose James II and his French allies in Ireland. The regiment first saw action at the battle of the Boyne in 1690. Our interest in the Regiment is it's involvement at the Battle of Waterloo. Just before the great battle Wellington wrote :

"I saw the 23rd the other day, and I never saw any regiment in such order. They were not strong, but it was the most complete and handsome body I ever looked at "

When the battle started the Royal Welch were in a reserve position but Colonel Sir Henry Walton Ellis soon found a position in which they would be of use and moved them up in square behind Hougoumont. There they met innumerable cavalary charges and took part in the final rout of the Imperial Guard. As a reward for the victory every man received a medal, prize money ranging from 433. 2. 4 for a field officer to 2 11. 4. for a private.


Jenny Jones's first husband Lewis Griffiths was attested to the 23rd on the 6th April 1814 at the age of 19, he served in the No 7 company at Waterloo, and was wounded in action. He stayed in the army until his discharge on the 6th April 1821.


It was during these years that Jenny his wife became well known in the regiment acting as laundry maid and nurse during the many battles raging around Europe.


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