Leah Birch presents the saw that was used to amputate the Earl of Uxbridge's leg at the Battle of Waterloo.
Amputation Saw from the Battle of Waterloo (video)
Now, in "A small piece of history", Leah Birch of the National Army Museum presents a favourite object from the Collection.
I have here the saw that was used to amputate the Earl of Uxbridge's leg at the Battle of Waterloo. And the bloody glove of his aide-de-camp who tried to staunch the flow of blood with his fist.
The Earl of Uxbridge was quite a character. He commanded the British cavalry at Waterloo. He nearly didn't make it onto the battlefield because he offended Wellington by having an affair with his brother's wife.
But he made it, and in the final hours of the battle a piece of shot narrowly missed Wellington and hit the Earl of Uxbridge instead. They carried him to Waterloo village where they proceeded to cut off his leg without anaesthetic, as was par for the course in those days.
During the operation Uxbridge remained very manly and composed and he remarked once that he thought the saw was actually rather blunt.