The Surgeon’s Blade: How Nelson lost his arm

September 5, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

Mick Crumplin continues his Napoleonic era medical blog by looking at Nelson’s trauma at Tenerife Lord Nelson was a leader both inspirational and impetuous in style. He would often pay a price for these traits. In the early years of the Napoleonic war, the Royal Navy was having considerably more success than the nation’s land […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: Leeches, humours and Napoleon’s piles

August 18, 2017 - Mick Crumplin

Mick Crumplin continues his medical blog by looking at the use of leeches in medicine and their use prior to the Battle of Waterloo The practice of bleeding patients was used through centuries. It was based on the Galenic theory of the balance of the four humours of the body (blood, phlegm, black and yellow […]

Wellington Obelisk

August 14, 2017 - The Chairman

I was in Dublin last weekend delving into family history and in the process passed through Phoenix Park where there stands a magnificent obelisk, allegedly the largest in Europe as it stands at 203 feet tall.  It is most impressive. The obelisk was designed by the architect Sir Robert Smirke and the foundation stone was laid […]

Waterloo Deacon

August 2, 2017 - The Chairman

A couple of months ago a piece in Charles Moore’s column in the Spectator raised the issue of battle names used as christian names. Alma was certainly one and is still in use, Inkerman was used too but apparently Balaclava not so. But Charles Moore mentions the story of Waterloo Deacon.   The heavily pregnant Martha Deacon […]

Jane Austen and Waterloo

July 29, 2017 - The Chairman

It is well known that Jane Austen shunned the subject of Waterloo and Napoleon which dominated society during the latter part of her life but a venturesome novelist has decided to write a novel entitled ” Jane and the Waterloo map”.  Sounds interesting but it is probably pretty doubtful stuff. However it is quite topical as […]

The Surgeon’s Blade: Transport of wounded or sick soldiers in the Peninsula

July 28, 2017 - Richard Moss

Mick Crumplin continues his medical blog by looking at Transport of wounded or sick soldiers in the Peninsula Wars Transport for supplies, casualties and sick, ammunition and equipment was a massive challenge for Arthur Wellesley in the Peninsular campaigns (1808-14). He was starting a series of movements to defend his boundaries, plan for evacuation if […]

Waterloo Messenger, The Life of Henry Percy

July 24, 2017 - The Chairman

Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter reviews WATERLOO MESSENGER, The Life of Henry Percy by William Mahon, Published by Pen and Sword This small volume is something of a gem penetrating a very small part of the Waterloo story. Henry Percy, a scion of the Northumberland Family, was the man who brought the dramatic news of Waterloo to […]

Wellington Looks On

July 20, 2017 - The Chairman

Passing by Aldershot the other day I espied the famous statue of Wellington, which once upon a time sat on top of the Wellington Arch when it was aligned with Decimus Burton’s famous screen. I am always amused by the cartoon by John Leech which depicts the statue being moved down Edgeware Road on its way […]

Napoleon to Joséphine

July 8, 2017 - The Chairman

In a recent Country Life an article covered the love letters of famous men.  One of the letters was a letter from Bonaparte to Joséphine, the future Empress. It reads: “I do not love thee anymore; on the contrary I detest thee.  Thou art horrid, very awkward, very stupid, a very Cinderella.  Thou dost not […]

The Fields of Death by Simon Scarrow

July 8, 2017 - The Chairman

I was recently given a copy of a novel about Waterloo. I don’t normally read novels but this of course was different.  A novel about Wellington and Napoleon on that great day perhaps?  But No! It was a fairly straightforward interpretation of Napoleon’s and the Iron Duke’s campaigns from Spain to Waterloo. I am pretty […]