LE VIZIR – NAPOLEON’S HORSE

July 5, 2016 - The Chairman

This horse has recently hit the news, (See Daily Telegraph of 4 July).  It is the stuffed body of Le Vizir which lay in the cellars of The Louvre for many a year. It has recently been re found and will be restored and placed in the Les Invalides to be seen by all. The […]

World Book Day 2016: Ten Waterloo novels

March 3, 2016 - Richard Moss

The team at Waterloo200 have chosen their favourite Waterloo novels and works of fiction for World Book Day 2016. Our lively list of historical tales was selected by Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter, Carole Divall and Michael Crumplin.   Bernard Cornwell, Sharpe’s Waterloo, 1990, Collins, London The eponymous hero settles some old scores with love rivals and […]

Wellington’s Men Remembered: Volume 2 – M to Z

December 17, 2015 - Carole Divall

Janet and David Bromley Published by Praetorian Press, an imprint of Pen and Sword £60   ISBN 978 1 84884 750 7   This is Volume two of an astonishing register of graves and memorials to those British and King’s German Legion men who fought with the great Duke from Portugal through Spain to Waterloo. Some […]

Fine Waterloo Watercolours acquired by the British Museum

November 9, 2015 - The Chairman

News of Waterloo appeared in the Sunday Telegraph yesterday. The Thomas Stoney watercolours which were recently displayed (on loan from a private collection) in the Bonaparte and The British exhibition in the British Museum have been acquired by the  Museum. These watercolours of which there are 17 were painted only a few days after the […]

Pyrenees Excursion

October 12, 2015 - The Chairman

Serjeant Gibson and I have been off the air for a while.  The main reason has been that we have been visiting the battlefields of the Peninsular War on the back of horses. We were looking in particular at the 1813 campaign when Marshal Soult, grandly titled the Duke of Dalmatia,  counter attacked towards Pamplona. […]

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 […]