Silver

Sargeant Ewart capturing the French Standard.

Silver table centrepiece of Sergeant Charles Ewart with the standard and eagle of the 45th French Infantry. Presented to the Royal Scots Greys in memory of Lt-Col Sir Alfred Welby, commanding 1892-96 by his wife and son. Clearly delivered in pose from the painting The Fight For The Standard by Richard Andsell this centrepiece depicts Ewart having taken the standard in the act of cutting down a French lancer in order to retain it.

Background information: Battle of Waterloo 18th June 1815

 

Ewart himself described the action in a letter written after the battle. 'The enemy began forming their line of battle about nine in the morning of the 18th and they came down to the left, where they were received by our brave Highlanders. No men could have behaved better, our brigade of cavalry covered them. Owing to a column of foreign troops giving way, our brigade was forced to advance to support our brave fellows, which we certainly did in style; we charged through two of their columns, each about five hundred. It was in the last charge I took the Eagle from the enemy; he and I had a hard contest for it; he thrust for my groin, I parried it off, and I cut him through the head; after which I was attacked by one of their lancers who threw his lance at me but missed the mark by my throwing it off with my sword by my right side; then I cut him from the chin upwards, which cut went through his teeth. Next I was attacked by a foot soldier, who after firing at me, charged me with his bayonet; but he very soon disabled, for I parried him, and cut him down through the head; so that I finished the contest for the eagle. After which I presumed to follow my comrades, Eagle and all but was stopped by the General saying to me 'you brave fellow; take that to the rear; you have done enough until you get quit of it', which I was obliged to do but with great reluctance.