Henry William Paget
Marquess of Anglesey
Uxbridge after surgery on his leg
Uxbridge's false leg
an impressive military career Paget, as Lord Uxbridge, was Britain's
second-in-command at Waterloo.
An exceptional cavalry leader, it was his unleashing of the British
heavy cavalry that smashed Napoleon
Bonaparte's first major attack of the battle.
Originally an infantry colonel with the 80th Foot, Paget saw action
in the Netherlands in 1794 before switching to the cavalry.
his direction, the 7th Light Dragoons became a highly respected
unit and, in 1808, the now Lieutenant-General Paget led the British
cavalry in the Peninsular War
at Sahagun, Benavente
career with Wellington came to an abrupt end when he eloped with
the sister-in-law of his commander, but he took part in the Walcheren
was a Member of Parliament between 1796 and 1810 and, on his father's
death, joined the House of Lords.
In 1815, Wellington requested his presence during the 100
Days' Campaign and at Waterloo,
where Uxbridge lost his leg.
Other offices held by the Lord Uxbridge included Lord-Lieutenant
of Ireland and Master-General of the Ordnance.
1846 he was made a Field Marshal.