From L. L. Gordon, British Battles and Medals, 5th
styled the Waterloo Medal, it was awarded to anyone
who had taken part in one or more of the following
battles Ligny, 16th June; Quatre Bras, 16th June;
Waterloo, 18th June. Every soldier present at either
of these battles was credited with two extra years'
service, to count for all purposes.
General Order dated 29th July, 1815, the 1st Regiment
of Foot Guards were granted the title of
"Grenadiers" for their service during the
battle of Waterloo.
is the first medal issued by the British Government
to all soldiers present. This statement must not be
confused and read as if this were the first battle
for which a general issue was made. The Dunbar Medal
of 1650 was issued to both officers and men, but
there is no verification of its having been given to
all officers and men. The Military General Service
Medal commemorates earlier battles, but was not
issued until 1848.
is also the first campaign medal awarded to
the next-of-kin of men killed in action. (The
Highland Society's medal of 1801 was not a campaign
is not generally known that this medal also has
another distinction in that it was the first on which
the recipient's name was impressed around the edge by
Major L. L. Gordon, British Battles
and Medals, 5th Edition revised by
Edward C. Joslin,
London, Spinks & Son Ltd., 1979