Serjeant Charles Ewart

May 21, 2015 - The Chairman

Serjeant Gibson and I spotted this memorial to another Serjeant, Serjeant Charles Ewart of the 2nd North British Dragoons, whilst in Edinburgh yesterday – although later  he was promoted to Ensign in the 5th Royal Veteran Battalion. This magnificent stone lies on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle and remembers the great man who seized the eagle […]

1st of Foot’s Waterloo Colours

May 17, 2015 - The Chairman

Serjeant Gibson and I were in Edinburgh over the weekend and whilst in the castle we saw this stand of Waterloo Colours. They are of the 3rd Battalion of the 1st of Foot and both King’s and Regimental Colours survive despite the years. They are 6 foot by 6 foot. Illustrated is the King’s Colour […]

The Old Duke’s Memorial Service

May 16, 2015 - The Chairman

Serjeant Gibson and I were pleased to attend the Memorial Service on Tuesday last for the 8th Duke of Wellington at the Guards Chapel in Wellington Barracks. It was an excellent service attended by almost the entire Royal Family including the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. This is a reflection of the esteem he Duke […]

Book of the Month: Waterloo in 100 Objects

May 13, 2015 - Alwyn Collinson

This is an excellent volume which complements the 200 objects on the Waterloo 200 website. However there are some important differences. Gareth Glover, whose knowledge of the subject is encyclopaedic, has include several objects which are not on the website. For example the Forest of Soignes, an important landmark is not on the website, yet […]

In Literature and Song: The Legacy of the Napoleonic Wars

May 11, 2015 - Alwyn Collinson

This is a guest article by Emma Butcher and Anna Maria Barry. The Napoleonic Wars had a profound effect on British culture of the early nineteenth century. Military memoirs carried vivid, personalised accounts of battle, while ballads, cartoons and dramas reflected patriotic fervour on street corners and stages throughout the country. Barely a single literary […]

Excellent Programme on the Duke

May 10, 2015 - The Chairman

An excellent programme was broadcast on BBC2 this evening. Well worth watching on BBC iPlayer: Has some excellent comments from historians and the Wellesley family.

Does Hougoumont Float?

May 10, 2015 - The Chairman

Well, I bloody well hope not. I know it rained on the 16/17th June but not so much to float the chateau! However, did you know Hougoumont was the last convict ship to transport convicts to Australia? I and Serjeant Gibson will be surprised if you did! She was a three-masted full rigged ship of the type […]

Circus Origin

May 6, 2015 - The Chairman

Who knows about Circus Ginnett?  I certainly didn’t until the other day, when it was mentioned on the field of Waterloo. Show business started for the Ginnetts, a French family, in Briton after they were captured at Waterloo. At this time Ginnetts were big horse people and thought to be in the French cavalry. They […]

The Many Faces of Napoleon: ‘Little Boney’ or Napoleon le Grand?

April 21, 2015 - Alwyn Collinson

This is a guest article by Sheila O’Connell, British Museum Curator. See ‘Bonaparte and the British: prints and propaganda in the age of Napoleon‘ at the British Museum until 16 August 2015. On a Tuesday at the end of January, we unpacked the marvellous large bronze head of Napoleon Bonaparte made by Antonio Canova for […]


April 17, 2015 - Alwyn Collinson

With the bicentenary anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo fast approaching, the National Army Museum conducted a survey investigating how much Brits really know about this monumental Battle… We’re all familiar with places named after the Battle of Waterloo, from pubs named after the Duke of Wellington to Waterloo Station in London, but do Brits […]