Unit History

4th foot Battery, Capt. Cleeve (at the time of Waterloo)

Formed from Hanoverian troops directly loyal to the Georgian monarchy. Recruited by Major Friedrich von der Decken and Major Colin Halkett.
The main regiment initially based at Hilsea Barracks, Portsmouth, then at Bexhill, Sussex with some units at Lymington in Hampshire and Parkhurst on the Isle of White. Later a separate artillery park was formed at Dorchester Barracks, Portsmouth.
King George III regularly visited the Bexhill barracks when recovering from bouts of Porphyria, enjoying discussion in his native Hanoverian dialect and the famed musical ability of these particular troops.
The 4th foot battery saw action at Copenhagen and throughout the Peninsular War distinguishing themselves at Oporto, Talarera, Busaco, Albiera, Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca, Vittoria and Orthes. Then, final glorious action occurring at Quatra bras and culminating in the battle of Waterloo, holding position behind la Haie Sainte in the centre right of the Allied line on Mont St. Jean ridge.

Command structure under Colonel Baron Christian von Ompteda, Major von Linsingen, later taken over by Major Röttiger then Hartmann. The 4th foot battery commanded initially by Capt. Heise, then Sympher and finally Cleeve at the battle of Waterloo.

Normal ordinance for this battery in the latter stages of the war were six nine-pounder guns and two 5.5 inch Howitzers. Manned by 215 men: Normally with Sergeants commanding each gun, a Captain commanding the battery or any subsection of the battery (2 guns detached to launch an attack), a Major in direct control of the Artillery in one section of the battlefield and an adjutant, attached to the staff officers to relay orders.