CORP. PETER BAYLIS. 3RD BATT. GRENAD. GUARDS.
Born Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, trade a Malster. Enlisted 28 December 1811, a volunteer from the Warwickshire Militia, who was atBirr in Ireland, aged 25 yrs. Served with Lt/Col D'Oyle's company in the Waterloo campaign. He was discharged as Sergeant on 15 March 1817 when the regimen was reduced after the War. At this time he was serving with the 2nd Bn. in Lt/Col Burgh's company. 5'9', brown hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion, no pension granted.
The 3rd Battalion, 1st Foot Guards lost 3 officers and 81 men killed, (including Ensign Purdoe, also in Peter Baylis' company) and 6 officers (including Lt/Col D'Oyle) and 245 men wounded, approximately 59%, the highest loss of all the guards' battalions.
'When the French 105th Regiment advanced up the low ground, their canon at the same time raked us with grape, canister, and horse-nails: and our line was so shattered that I feared they could not stand: in fact, I was for a moment really afraid they would give way: and if we had given way it would have gone hard with the whole line... Major Gunthorpe, was in the front face of the square, in the hottest part of the contest: our loss at this time was most tremendous. It was at this juncture that I picked up Ensign Purdoe's coat, which was covered in his blood, lying on a dead horse. The Ensignbelonged to our battalion: he was killed and stripped by the plunderers during some of our maneuvers. I stepped about 25 paces before the line and waved the coat, cheering the men.'