One of the first Campaign Medals, the Waterloo Medal was awarded to soldiers of the British Army who saw action at any of the following battles - The Battle of Ligny on 16th June 1815, The Battle of Quatre Bras on 16th June 1815 and The Battle of Waterloo on 18th June 1815.
It is possible to find out more about them and their career by looking for their service or pension records, which can be accessed at the National Archives. My ancestor Thomas McJannett fought at the Battle of Waterloo and his discharge paper listed his regiment, rank, birthplace, age on enlistment, duration of service and injuries sustained.
It also included a brief description of his appearance along with his trade, and his date of enlistment and discharge. The paper also included Thomas's signature.
It was wonderful to be able to imagine what Thomas may have looked like and to see his signature on the paper. Who knows what you may discover on your ancestor's discharge paper?
Please also view my page about military records to find out how you can find more information regarding your ancestor's military career.