WALCHEREN, SPAIN, AMERICA AND WATERLOO: THE MEMOIR OF CAPTAIN PETER BOWLBY 4TH FOOT (1791-1877)
72pp., 7 illus., P.B. 2015. Peter joined the 4th (King’s Own) Foot on 7th June 1808, rising to lieutenant on 31st of May 1809 and to Captain on 23rd October 1824. He served at Walcheren, Ceuta, the Peninsular War (seeing action at Badajoz, Salamanca, the retreat from Burgos, Vitoria, San Sebastian, the Nive and Nivelles – it is unclear why he did not receive a bar for Vitoria), Bladensburg and the burning of Washington and New Orleans, before returning to Europe just in time to participate at Waterloo and in the subsequent march to Paris. His memoir gives an excellent idea of life as a junior officer during the Napoleonic wars.