Clash of Steel
for Military History & Aviation enthusiasts

Search :

Review for Reminiscences 1808-1815 Under Wellington. Memoirs W. Hay

Author/Director : William Hay/Andrew Bamford

Format : Book

A fascinating insight into the life of William Hay as an officer in Wellington’s army. Beginning in the infantry, 52nd Foot, and later transferring to the cavalry, 12th Light Dragoons. The journey is through the Peninsular, on to Waterloo finishing with his service as ADC to the Governor-General of Canada. There is very little about the actions but a great deal about the day to day detail of a soldiers life. The story draws out the variations of his life being at times really suffering the privations of an active army to the pleasures and privileges found at the oddest of times. While on garrison duty in France after Waterloo the 12th Light Dragoons ran a pack of fox-hounds of which William Hay was in charge.
The notes and commentary by Andrew Bamford is most helpful and ‘light touch’ correcting as required spellings, dates and locations.
A very interesting and enjoyable read which we highly recommend.

Published by : Helion & Co. Ltd., 2017
ISBN : 978-1-911512-32-5

Review last updated : 2020-02-17 10:22:58

See also : other "Napoleonic Wars" reviews