The Prince Imperial’s Sword

March 24, 2017 - The Chairman

I mentioned the sword worn by the Prince Imperial when he was killed by Zulus whilst serving as British Officer in 1879.  I wondered where it was and as the legend was that it was Napoleon’s sword that he had worn at Austerlitz it was relevant to this site. The truth is sadly more prosaic. […]

Teach Meet – What is it?

March 21, 2017 - The Chairman

Well., I had no idea until Serjeant Gibson and I poled up yesterday at the Museum of London.  Serjeant Gibson was  somewhat suspicious and thought I was going to leave him there as an exhibit. But no, we were there for a “Teach Meet”. In fact it was a very jolly couple of hours in […]

Wellington’s Men Remembered

March 19, 2017 - The Chairman

On Thursday the Waterloo Association had its AGM and it was enhanced by a most interesting talk on the strategy, rather than the tactics, of the Waterloo campaign.  Readers of this blog should look out for the publication of John Hussey’s magnus opus on Waterloo which goes into the minutest detail of the campaign and […]

Reenactors

March 12, 2017 - The Chairman

Maybe reenactors and their activities are not your style and Serjeant Gibson is sceptical.  However I have just come across a very good bit of film on reenactment of Waterloo where most of the talking is by our own resident surgeon, Mick Crumplin. I really recommend you look at the clip here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAb-RyDiPn8. It’s Mick at […]

Blücher’s Elephant

February 27, 2017 - The Chairman

The remarkable Blücher was the major influence in the successful 1814 campaign in which eventually the Allies occupied Paris but he did have problems. At one stage after the 1806-7 defeat of Prussia by Napoleon he suffered a breakdown, a side effect of which was to have hallucinations about giving birth to an elephant! In […]

Mercer Grave Restored in Time

June 7, 2015 - The Chairman

The money was fortunately found to restore the grave of Cavalié Mercer and here I show a stonemason re-pointing the inscription.  The race is to restore the grave in time for the ceremony on 18th June. It’s a particularly interesting and attractive grave and we can thank Robert Pocock in taking the initiative to organise […]

Daily Mail!

June 6, 2015 - The Chairman

Extraordinarily enough the Daily Mail did a piece in yesterday’s edition and then Serjeant Gibson told me there was an additional piece in today’s Mail. It was good to see an imaginary report of Waterloo on 22 June 1815.  I was pleased to see they had used this web site to extract some facts for their […]

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 […]

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 […]