Henry William Paget 1768 - 1854

Army officer,
born in:
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom

Henry William Lord Paget, The Marquess of Anglesey served in several infantry regiments;

1795 - Lieutenant-Colonel of the 16th Light Dragoons;

1797 - transferred to the 7th Queen's Own Light Dragoons; later Colonel of the Royal Horse Guards;

1802 - Major-General;

1808 - Lieutenant-General;

1819 - General;

1842 - Field-Marshal;

Titles: 1812 - 2nd Earl of Uxbridge; 1815 - 1st Earl of Anglesey; later honours - KG,. GCB, GCH;

During the battle of Waterloo a shot struck the Marquess in the joint of his right knee and required amputation. The leg was buried in a garden opposite the inn at Waterloo. A monument placed over it said:

" Here lies the Marquess of Anglesey's leg

Pray for the rest of his body we beg."

One of his artificial legs is still preserved at Plas Newydd, Angelsey, Wales. The artificial limb was created/invented by Potts and was named the Anglesey Leg. The type remained in use up to the time of the first world war.