|Also known as:||Dally|
|Rank:||Lieutenant, Captain, Major|
|Appearances:||Sharpe's Honour, Sharpe's Regiment, Sharpe's Revenge, Sharpe's Waterloo, Sharpe's Christmas|
- "Honour, my dear Sharpe, is just a word behind which we hide our sins."
- — Peter d'Alembord
Peter d'Alembord, called Dally by Richard Sharpe, is English gentry of Huguenot descent, a slim and elegant man, even slightly foppish. He joined the unfashionable South Essex in order to flee England after he accidentally killed a man in a duel over a woman. He had meant only to wound the man, but his opponent had walked into his blade.
He was skilled at salon fencing, and attempted to teach Sharpe, who did not fence, but simply brawled with a blade. "If you would deign to hold that thing more like a sword and less like a cleaving instrument, one might hold out a morsel of hope." He sent word to their Commander, Lt. Col. Leroy, about Sharpe's proposed duel in hopes the colonel would intervene to prevent it. Watching the fight, however, he was amazed how Sharpe had altered the confrontation from a duel where Sharpe was uncomfortable and awkward, to "a brawl leading to slaughter" in which he was the master. (Sharpe's Honour)
It was he who informed Sharpe men joined the South Essex simply because Sharpe was a member.
He accompanied Sharpe to England in Sharpe's Regiment when they were looking for recruits, and uncovered corruption. When Sharpe and Harper went undercover as recruits, he ordered Dally and Harry Price to wait incognito for his orders.
At Waterloo, he somehow convinces himself he will be killed during the battle. He had planned on selling up and getting married, but the lure of receiving a promotion to major, which he could sell for a great deal more than a captaincy, enticed him to remain. There were, however, other reasons. He told Sharpe he found the French to be "an evil nation...their civilization is blood on the cobblestones." He could neither forget nor forgive what had happened to his own ancestors, the Huguenots, nor what crimes had been perpetrated against innocents under the revolution.
In the last hours of the battle, when Major Vine is killed, he knows he will be promoted, but he takes a musket ball to the leg, and Harper takes him back to the surgeon who removes the ball, but does not cauterize. When Dally insists on returning to the line, his leg continues to bleed and he eventually passes out, falling from his horse. His leg was then amputated, but he was expected to survive.
He appears only once, in Sharpe's Honour, and then briefly.