Maclise Cartoon – a “must see”

September 12, 2015 - The Chairman

The Royal Academy are exhibiting the cartoon of the famous Maclise painting of Wellington and Blücher meeting at La Belle Alliance. It is a sensational piece of work and fills an entire room. It is a most interesting exhibit and is supplemented by an interesting booklet on Maclise himself and his work.  The cartoon is […]

March up the Mall

September 11, 2015 - The Chairman

I was delighted to see the New Waterloo Dispatch got a mention in the Country Life recently. In particularly it was the March Up The Mall by 3000 schoolchildren on the Sunday after the Bicentenary of Waterloo.  In this case it is Woodcote House School in Kent who took part and enjoyed their day. To […]

EWART MEMORIAL

August 26, 2015 - The Chairman

I was looking at my Waterloo eagle of the 45th of line when I was reminded that I had seen a clip of the unveiling of the Ewart Memorial on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. Go and look at http://www.britishpathe.com/video/ensign-ewart-memorial-in-edinburgh-lner/query/battle+of+waterloo  It is interesting to see how the memorial has been amended since 1938 to explain who Ewart was. A year […]

EAGLE HAS FLOWN

August 19, 2015 - The Chairman

This bird has just flown in and perched itself in our drawing room. On investigation we find he has flown from Waterloo being the eagle of the 45th Regiment of Line, that which was captured by Serjeant James Ewart. He has been moving around the house as he can’t seem to make his mind up […]

Wellington at Tunbridge Wells

July 26, 2015 - The Chairman

On my travels I went to Tunbridge Wells to visit the Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force on their Annual Camp and for this I stayed at a Travel Lodge Hotel in the town. On the way up to my room, I noticed the stain glass arms of the Duke of Wellington. The hotel had once been […]

Napoleon at British Museum

July 15, 2015 - The Chairman

Serjeant Gibson and I went to see the exhibition of cartoons and other images of Napoleon at the British Museum yesterday.  The whole place was packed with tourists but I am glad to say this free exhibition was open and airy. So with some leisure we were able to inspect the way they lampooned the […]

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 […]