Clark was wounded at Waterloo and while he was recovering he became concerned that his capture of the eagle would not be recognised. He wasn't aware that the regiment's colonel had already written to his superiors recommending Clark (and two other officers) for promotion. Clark wrote to another colonel for help in having his achievement recognised and a regimental investigation began into what happened. Statements were taken from soldiers who were in the vicinity at the time. Private Anderson said that he saw Clark wound the French officer and the flag then fell across the heads of his and Clark's horses and towards Corporal Stiles. Clark shouted out "secure the colour!" and Stiles managed to grab it before it fell on the ground. Private Wilson corroborated this account, also saying that after Clark stabbed the officer the colour fell against the neck of Stiles' horse and Stiles carried it off to the rear. Stiles asked his troop commander, Lieutenant Gunning, to provide his testimony of the incident. Gunning stated that he spotted the colour party and ordered Stiles and others to attack. Gunning further claimed (I think much later) to have been the person who wounded the officer holding the colour. The result of the investigation appears to have been that Stiles received the immediate credit for the eagle's capture. He was promoted to sergeant and eventually received a commission as ensign in the 6th West India Regiment. Clark seems to have spent the rest of his life feeling aggrieved at what had happened, writing to the authorities (including Lord Uxbridge) some ten times to claim credit for the colour's capture. Clark never received any formal recognition and the quick promotion he had sought to obtain on the back of the colour's capture eluded him. He was promoted to major in 1825 and made lieutenant-general rank five years later. In 1835 Clark was still claiming credit for the eagle's capture, in letters he wrote to William Siborne to assist the latter with his history of the Waterloo campaign.
Who's the chap with the flag?
I think this is a terrific vignette. It has more immediacy than the corresponding Ewart set, and you really sense the cavalrymen desperately reaching out trying to grab the colour before it hits the gound (if you'll pardon a Classical allusion, the set reminds me of that rather gory bit in Book II of the Aeneid when, during the sack of Troy, the Greek Pyrrhus is pursuing Priam's son, Polites, and eventually cuts him down right in front of Priam: "iam iamque manu tenet et premit hasta" - "now, even now, he holds him with his hand and presses him with his spear"). The drummer figure is a great touch - he suggests how terrifying it must have been to be ridden down by cavalry. I found some conflicting sources on the dragoons' uniforms. The stripe on Captain Clark's trousers is either yellow or red, depending on what source you use. Apparently the Royals' horses were supposed to be blacks, but they had supply problems in 1814/15 and so I think it's legitimate to use bays. I see that I forgot to add golden "N"s to the French officer's turnbacks, and I didn't bother trying to replicate the muddy/cornfield look of the Waterloo battlefield on the base - never mind!
4 figures. Painted November-December 2015. Flag from GMB.