13th Light Dragoons

Trumpeter Weldon, 1817

William Weldon was Lord Hill's trumpeter throughout the Peninsular War from the time the 13th reached Portugal in 1810. He was also at the battle of Waterloo. In this portrait, Weldon wears the light dragoon uniform introduced in 1812. The blue jacket has a buff plastron, collar and cuffs with yellow or gilt buttons, epaulettes etc. He is proudly wearing a Waterloo medal on his front. By this time, he is a trumpet-major so he has gold epaulettes and stripes. His waist girdle is blue and white and he would be wearing white or pale buff breeches and hessian boots. He holds a shako in his left hand which has gold lace and caplines which again denote his senior NCO status.

13th Light Dragoons: Uniforms | Regimental details


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