Wellington’s Places: Stratfield Saye

March 19, 2015 - Alwyn Collinson

This is a guest article written by his Grace the Duke of Wellington. Stratfield Saye was the seat of the first Duke of Wellington, given to him by a grateful nation in the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo.  At the time of the Battle of Waterloo, a beautiful stately home already existed at Stratfield Saye. The […]

Old Soldiers Do Die!

March 15, 2015 - The Chairman

My correspondent in Belgium has sent this picture from the Sphere Magazine to me, as it is of an old Yorkshire soldier. The 14th became the West Yorks.  He was the last officer from Waterloo to survive.  He died in October 1891.  He was outlived by John Hopwood, who allegedly served at Waterloo and lived […]

Waterloo Euro

March 13, 2015 - The Chairman

The General and I had a good laugh at this cartoon over the French reaction to the rejection of the design of the 3 Euro coin. Wellington on the left  is saying: “The Euro is stupid but with Waterloo on it’s a stroke of genius” whilst Napoleon says “What!” “Who made this?” and the gallant Grenadier […]

Mercer Found

March 12, 2015 - The Chairman

Thanks to the blog the General has found a Mercer. That’s a relief all round as it was proving difficult. Of further interest we were in Exeter today, having lunch with an eminent historian and one thing led to another and the General discovered that Cavalie Mercer was buried in St David’s Church. So after lunch […]

History Coming Alive

March 10, 2015 - The Chairman

The General  and I  went to an interesting session the other day in the House of Commons, where about 150 schoolchildren were treated to a talk by Dan Snow on the Battle of Waterloo. He was quite excellent as he decided to make them play the parts in the battle. So if you look at […]

33rd Regiment of Foot Recruits at Kippax North Primary School!

March 9, 2015 - Alwyn Collinson

Guest post by Gemma Bagshaw, Waterloo 200 Social Media Team On Wednesday 4th February 2015, members from His Majesty’s 33rd Regiment of Foot visited Kippax North Primary School, to give talks on the Battle of Waterloo and the life of the British Redcoat. Serjeant Love, Private Armstrong and Drummer Love (and their ever ready campfollower […]

A Waterloo Man

March 3, 2015 - The Chairman

I found myself going to fight at Bergen Op Zoom with the 33rd and just before we left I was promoted to Corporal which was not bad as I hadn’t been in the regiment that long. Anyway Bergen Op whatever was not a huge success. It was a fraught night attack and we sustained huge […]

Fit for a Queen: Highlights of the Royal Collection

January 27, 2015 - Alwyn Collinson

Some of the finest items in the 200 Objects we’ve chosen to tell the story of Waterloo come from the Royal Collection. These include items on display at royal residences such as Windsor Castle. The Royal Collection is among the largest and most important art collections in the world and one of the last great European […]

Why ‘Waterloo in 200 Objects’?

January 27, 2015 - Alwyn Collinson

Waterloo must be one of the most commemorated events in British history. We hear the word a lot – in street names, slang, and song lyrics. From Waterloo Station to the many Duke of Wellington pub signs, echoes of the famous Battle are all around us. But few of us think about the history that […]

Waterloo in the House of Lords

January 15, 2015 - The Chairman

On Monday afternoon there was a short debate in answer to a question on the Commemorations and should you be interested go to http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201415/ldhansrd/text/150112-0001.htm#15011223000401.  There was mention of the famous Maclise mural painting in the Queen’s Gallery in the House of Lords which is in need of restoration: This is a very intricate and complex matter and […]