William Ponsonby Service

July 11, 2015 - The Chairman

Serjeant Gibson and I attended a most moving service commemorating the death of Major General Sir William Ponsonby at Waterloo.  It was held at St Mary Abbotts in Kensington High Street which was where this most gallant of officers had been buried after the battle. The church standing there to day is a new one […]

Stay at Hougoumont

July 9, 2015 - The Chairman

Thanks to the Landmark Trust you can now stay at the famous farm at Hougoumont. It has been beautifully arranged and is an absolute must for anybody who wants to live the history of the period.  However bearing in mind the many soldiers who gave their lives it might be wise to bring along a […]

Blüchers Tears

July 6, 2015 - The Chairman

It is alleged that when Marshal Blücher came to London he was so struck by the wealth of the City that he descended into tears.  “Why so?” he was asked and he replied that it was the thought of looting the City that moved his emotions thus. Wellington was also moved to tears by the […]

ST PAUL’S SERVICE

June 30, 2015 - The Chairman

The very moving service at St Paul’s was recorded but only for those in the cathedral so all even at the back could see. Sadly the proposition that we should record for sale was prohibitively expensive so it was not for that purpose. However for a few days you will be able to see a […]

NAPOLEON ARRESTED!!

June 28, 2015 - The Chairman

Hello, Hello , what is ‘appening ‘ere? It seems that the Emperor has contravened some law. Is he being arrested for escaping from Elba or is he instructing the local constabulary to clear the English from the battlefield so he has a clear run? No he is being told to remove his car or else! […]

Waterloo Serendipity

June 26, 2015 - The Chairman

Funny old things occur and I was amused to pick up the coincidence of some racehorses running over the Waterloo week. Waterloo Bridge won the Norfolk Stakes at Ascot last week, War Envoy won the Britannia Stakes the same day, but extraordinarily Von Blucher, apparently named after a US vet and NOT the famous Prussian general, […]

Waterloo Table

June 25, 2015 - The Chairman

At a certain place in London a very special table has been made to commemorate the Bicentenary of Waterloo. Beautifully made and finished, it shows the two eagles captured at Waterloo – the 45th by the 2nd North British Dragoons, and the 105th by the Royals. Also shown in the centre are the key dates. […]

And So To Guildhall

June 24, 2015 - The Chairman

Serjeant Gibson and I got ourselves to Guildhall on Sunday to see the arrival of the Post Chaise and the the two Eagles. They arrived on time and in sporting fashion at speed. They were escorted by some smart Hussars from the Light Cavalry, although one of their horses took exception to something in the […]

Eagles at Canterbury

June 23, 2015 - The Chairman

Serjeant Gibson and I were at Canterbury Cathedral to see the arrival of the captured eagles from Waterloo, after a moving service at Canterbury Cathedral. We had previously seen the arrival of the Dispatch and these same eagles at Broadstairs with Major Henry Percy and Captain (Royal Navy ) James White of HMS Peruvian. They […]

Two Amazing Days

June 19, 2015 - The Chairman

On Monday Serjeant Gibson and I went to Belgium for a number of events, not least for the regimental dinner of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. Serjeant Gibson could not stop talking about the battle of Quatre Bras and showing off his medal. The next day was a tour of Quatre Bras and Waterloo followed by […]