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St Helena Medal and Award Document to Veteran of Napoleon’s Light Cavalry
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St Helena Medal and Award Document to Veteran of Napoleon’s Light Cavalry

Measurements: Overall: 32cm (12.5in) x 41cm (16in)



Engraved St Helena award document to ‘Pinoteau, Joseph,  9e e Chasseurs à Cheval’, together with a bronze St Helena Medal. Framed and glazed.

The 9e Régiment de Chasseurs à Cheval formed part of the French light cavalry arm - Napoleon’s ‘eyes and ears’. It saw action in the south of Italy as part of the Army of Naples, and in 1809 took part in the victory of Wagram over the Austrians. In 1812 it took part in the invasion of Russia and was peresent at Borodino in September and Moscow. Major actions in 1813 included Lutzen, Bautzen, Dresden, Lowenberg, Golberg, Leipzig, and Hanau. 1814 saw the regiment Champaubert, Chateau-Thierry, Brienne, Montmirail, Sezanne, Reims, La Ferte, Montereau, Melun, and Paris. In 1815 it was present at Ligny and Waterloo.

Created in 1857 by Napoleon III for issue to surviving soldiers of Napoleon Bonaparte's Grande Armée and,in this case, navy, who had served between 1792 and 1815.  The obverse shows the bust of Emperor Napoleon I. The reverse inscribed ‘Campagnes de 1792 a 1815. A Ses Compagnons de Gloire sa Derniere Pensee Ste. Helene 5 Mai 1821’ The designer was Albert-Désiré Barre, and his mark (an anchor) is below the bust. The medal has a height of 50mm excluding the ring, and is made from bronze. Ribbon 37mm wide, green with five red stripes and edges. The medal was nicknamed ‘the chocolate medal’ because of its colour.