My good friend and colleague Tony Anderson passed on the following about an Anderton who fought at Waterloo to me this morning ...
Source: Medal Rolls 23rd Foot--Royal Welch Fusiliers, Napoleonic period. Roll of NCOs and Men who were present at Waterloo, 18th June 1815
Private William ANDERTON Born at Liverpool, Lancashire: trade-labourer. Attested on 1 April 1813 from Lancashire Volunteers, aged 18 years. Served in No 5 Company at Waterloo. discharged on 10 June 1823.
Checking the IGI he belives this could be ... William Anderton (3rd son) born 23 Jan 1797 , Saint Swithin-Rc, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, chr 29 Jan 1797, son of Christopher and Helen
That puts me in mind of an earlier Anderton, Thurstan de Anderton father of the ill-fated Oliver, who fought at Agincourt. Quoting from Tony (he has the primary source refs to the Victoria History mention) ...
"Thurstan de Anderton was of full age September 1386 and appears with his brother Robert 15 July 1392. He bound himself to serve the king on more than one of his campaigns e.g. 29 April 1415 for a year in France with two mounted archers, all returning to Dover after being at the siege of Harfleur and the battle of Agincourt. He was in receipt of an annuity from Henry V, renewed by Henry V1". He occ Sept 1387, 1392, 1398, 1399, 1402 etc, 15 Oct 1441 Grantee of lands in Heley 1404-5"
I wonder exactly what his contribution would have been? If he had two mounted archers under him, was he also a mounted archer? Or was he on a par with the knights even though he was not knighted himself? Did he stand in the ranks of the English archers who broke the flower of French chivalry or was he mounted with the English knights?