Waterloo at Waterloo

June 14, 2015 - The Chairman

Last week a lovely plaque was placed in Waterloo Station.  Serjeant Gibson and I went along to see the opening ceremony.  The 9th Duke did the honours and I must say we were all very impressed by this fine memorial organised by The London Mint.   It shows the reverse of the Waterloo Medal designed […]

Early sight of Commemorative Programme

June 13, 2015 - The Chairman

We have just had the delivery of the Commemorative Programme for the service in St Paul’s next Thursday. Its a superb publication with some fabulous illustrations. It has been very put together by a team of experts with something for everybody. Serjeant Gibson was somewhat puzzled why the 33rd of Foot were not mentioned. So […]

Waterloo re-enacted with music

June 12, 2015 - The Chairman

Serjeant Gibson and I attended the Beating Retreat on Horse Guards last night and it was a really excellent show. Many re enacters did a great job and there was a certain atmosphere and as the picture shows the smoke and noise were very effective.The Massed Bands of the Household Division played very well and […]

Good Morning Duke!

May 29, 2015 - The Chairman

I and Serjeant Gibson were in Wellington Barracks the other day and bumped  into the Great Duke.  It’s a fine sculpture which had been in the forecourt of the Military Chapel in Caterham Barracks, which was turned into a very successful housing estate by Linden Homes in the late 1990s. It was originally presented to […]

Beef Wellington

May 24, 2015 - The Chairman

Serjeant Gibson and I have enjoyed two recent Waterloo Dinners, one at Bucks Club and the other in Boodles, where Andrew Roberts, the aficionado of Napoleon, spoke and spoke very well. I had expected it to be a series of Napoleonic excuses but not at all, it was a very balanced talk making the point […]

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 […]