A gold Irish Freedom Box presented to the Earl of Uxbridge – known for, amongst other things, his stiff upper lip repartee at the Battle of Waterloo – made £100,900 (AUD 197,230) at Bonhams’ Waterloo Sale (lot 152) on the 1st of April.
Lord Uxbridge led the charge of the heavy cavalry against Comte d’Erlon’s column at the Battle of Waterloo. At the end of the battle he lost part of one of his legs to a cannonball, leading to a brief exchange of words: He was close to Wellington when his leg was hit, and exclaimed, “By God, sir, I’ve lost my leg!”
Wellington replied, “By God, sir, so you have!”
During the amputation of the tattered leg, Uxbridge smiled and said, “I have had a pretty long run. I have been a beau these forty-seven years, and it would not be fair to cut the young men out any longer.”
Uxbridge was offered an annual pension of £1,200 in compensation for the loss of his leg, but refused, saying, “Who would not lose a leg for such a victory?”