Major General George O'Malley (1780 - 1843)

Extracted from :   History of the War in France and Belgium in 1815, by Captain W. Siborne, published in 1844.

On pages 121 and 122 of Volume 1.

In this attack occurred one of those incidents which, in daring, equal any of the feats of ancient  chivalry; which make the wildest fables of the deeds of the knights of old appear almost possible ;  which cause the bearing of an individual to stand out, as it were, in relief amidst the operations of the masses ; and which, by their characteristic recklessness, almost invariably insure at least a partial success. A Frenchlancer gallantly charged at the colours, and severely wounded Ensign Christie, who carried one of them, by a thrust of his lance, which, entering the left eye, penetrated to the lower jaw. The Frenchman then endeavoured to seize the standard, but the brave Christie, notwithstanding the agony of his wound, with a presence of mind almost unequalled, flung himself upon it— not to save himself, but to preserve the honour of his regiment. As the colour fluttered in its fall, the Frenchman tore off a portion of the silk with the point of his lance ; but he was not permitted to bear the fragment beyond the ranks. Both shot and bayoneted by the nearest of the soldiers of the 44th, he was borne to the earth, paying with the sacrifice of his life for his display of unavailing bravery.

The part of the colour thus torn off by the French lancer, is to this day in the possession of Major General O'Malley, C.B., then Lieut. Colonel of the 44th regiment, to the command of which he succeeded, on Lieut. Colonel Hamerton being wounded at a later period of the battle.

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