Oak campaign chest with shallow raised top, chest reinforced with steel plates and strap, side carring handles, lock by "Barrons" and crowned GR cypher above "Patent", original wire bow key,brass escutcheon covered by steel hasp and staple strap, front with brass plaque engraved with owners name and regiment "CAPTAIN JAMES POOLE SCOTS GREYS". Size 920mm x 555mm x 610mm high.
James Poole born c.1784 Salop son of James and Ann (Cooper). Enlisted in Scots Greys, Lieutenant 16th March 1797, Captain 25th May 1803, Lieutenant Colonel 4th December 1815, Retired 1817.
The Waterloo Roll Call states " Taken prisoner at Waterloo. Quitted service in consequence of mental derangement 17th February 1817 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel".
Captain James Poole commanded 4 Troop at Waterloo. Received the Waterloo Medal.
Died 18th September 1817 Hackney, England account of which published in the New Monthly Magazine states "At Hackney Lieut. Col James Poole of the Scots Greys, who highly distinguished himself at the Battle of Waterloo where he was covered in wounds. One of these on the head has since occasioned derangement of the mind, in a paroxysm of which he took opium which proved fatal. He was only 31 years of age and has left an admirable wife and an aged Mother to lament this catastrophe".
A truely evocative piece , carried by James Poole throughout his career and certainly ending up at Waterloo.
In excellent condition, nice patina to oak, minor split to top front, Steel reinforcing plates and straps with much original black paint.