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 […]

A Long Story

March 2, 2015 - The Chairman

Just so you know a bit about me. I  was born in Kendal on May 25th 1788 and later trained as an engineer but in 1809 at the age of 21 I  joined the Militia as a substitute for a man by the name of James Mason (The General thinks its the actor, but it […]

Conversations with the General

March 2, 2015 - Alwyn Collinson

I am Serjeant John Gibson of the 33rd and I am a veteran of the Waterloo Campaign. Although I passed away in my home town of Kendal some 150 years past I have come back in a manner of speaking to converse with the Chairman of Waterloo 200, General Webb-Carter, during the build up of […]

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 […]

The Duke’s Last Journey

January 10, 2015 - The Chairman

This excellent photo from Friday’s Daily Telegraph shows the Duke on his last journey being carried by Warrant and Non Commissioned officers of the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, who were not long ago the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (33rd and 76th of Foot) of which the Duke was proud to be the only Non […]

Did you know?

January 7, 2015 - The Chairman

The man who made those fantastic pianos we can’t afford to own fought at Waterloo! Henry Steinway, founder of piano manufacturing company Steinway & Sons, was born in Brunswick, Germany in 1797 and was a participant in the 1815 Battle of Waterloo against France. Presumably he was with the Brunswickers. At age 25 he married […]