The Surgeon’s Blade: The Sad Case of Captain St Pol

February 9, 2018 - Mick Crumplin

Mick Crumplin’s latest medical blog is the gory tale of an officer who refused to have his leg amputated St Pol, an officer in the 7th or Royal Fusiliers was about to scramble up the great breach at Badajoz, during the furious and multiple assaults on that place on the night of 6 April, 1812. […]

Pots with Attitude: British Satire on Ceramics, 1760-1830

January 23, 2018 - Richard Moss

The British Museum explores the explosion of British satire on ceramics and in prints during the Georgian period including a selection of fascinating Napoleonic themed objects Ceramics are rarely confrontational, yet when printed with political messages with a powerful agenda, they are transformed. These Napoleonic-era prints and pots reflect a period when the threat of […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: John Hunter, Father of Scientific Surgery

December 15, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

Mick Crumplin’s latest medical blog features the great scientific surgeon, John Hunter In the history of Britain, Scotland has a right to stand proud of its disproportionate contribution to our nation’s growth and reputation. Through the Age of Scottish Enlightenment and systematically making provision for educating its youth in parish schools and universities, Scotland injected […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: Lieutenant George Simmons ‘Most Dangerous Wound’

November 2, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

Mick Crumplin continues his medical blog with the story of the terrible suffering and survival of a young officer in the Peninsular Wars and at Waterloo It is nigh impossible to imagine how much this young officer suffered after being desperately wounded at the Battle of Waterloo. He was incredibly fortunate to have survived. George […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: How Nelson lost his arm

September 5, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

Mick Crumplin continues his Napoleonic era medical blog by looking at Nelson’s trauma at Tenerife Lord Nelson was a leader both inspirational and impetuous in style. He would often pay a price for these traits. In the early years of the Napoleonic war, the Royal Navy was having considerably more success than the nation’s land […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: Leeches, humours and Napoleon’s piles

August 18, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

Mick Crumplin continues his medical blog by looking at the use of leeches in medicine and their use prior to the Battle of Waterloo The practice of bleeding patients was used through centuries. It was based on the Galenic theory of the balance of the four humours of the body (blood, phlegm, black and yellow […]

Wellington Obelisk

August 14, 2017 - The Chairman

I was in Dublin last weekend delving into family history and in the process passed through Phoenix Park where there stands a magnificent obelisk, allegedly the largest in Europe as it stands at 203 feet tall.  It is most impressive. The obelisk was designed by the architect Sir Robert Smirke and the foundation stone was laid […]

Waterloo Deacon

August 2, 2017 - The Chairman

A couple of months ago a piece in Charles Moore’s column in the Spectator raised the issue of battle names used as christian names. Alma was certainly one and is still in use, Inkerman was used too but apparently Balaclava not so. But Charles Moore mentions the story of Waterloo Deacon.   The heavily pregnant Martha Deacon […]

Jane Austen and Waterloo

July 29, 2017 - The Chairman

It is well known that Jane Austen shunned the subject of Waterloo and Napoleon which dominated society during the latter part of her life but a venturesome novelist has decided to write a novel entitled ” Jane and the Waterloo map”.  Sounds interesting but it is probably pretty doubtful stuff. However it is quite topical as […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: Transport of wounded or sick soldiers in the Peninsula

July 28, 2017 - Richard Moss

Mick Crumplin continues his medical blog by looking at Transport of wounded or sick soldiers in the Peninsula Wars Transport for supplies, casualties and sick, ammunition and equipment was a massive challenge for Arthur Wellesley in the Peninsular campaigns (1808-14). He was starting a series of movements to defend his boundaries, plan for evacuation if […]