Waterloo study day programme

In partnership with the Waterloo Association.

Waterloo study day programme

10.15am – 11.15am
The war of the second battalions
Speaker: Carole Divall

One of the notable features of Wellington’s army in the Peninsula was the presence of a large number of junior battalions. In theory first battalions should have been the fighting units, so why were so many of them missing? This talk seeks to explain the function of senior and junior battalions in the period under discussion, explain why these functions were disrupted, and examine some of the notable actions performed by junior battalions.

11.15am – 11.35am Coffee break

11.35am – 12.35pm
With bayonet, sword and lance: the edged weapons of Waterloo.
Speaker: Henry Yallop, Keeper of Armour ad Edged Weapons, Royal Armouries

The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars saw huge amounts of edged weapons in use by all armies and arms. Often of standardised nature and sometimes even used in prescribed ways, this talk will focus on the Battle of Waterloo to identify the most usual types and forms of edged weapons vin the hands of the common soldiery during the period; how they were used and how effective they were.

12.35pm – 1.35pm Lunch

1.35pm – 2.05pm
The Siborne model and some Yorkshire connections
Speaker: Paul F. Brunyee

Private Christopher Ingham of the 95th Rifles was an Irishman with strong Yorkshire connections. This short talk will tell his story both within the model and beyond.

2.10pm – 3.10pm
Wellington’s manpower shortage of 1814
Speaker: Dr Andrew Bamford

By 1813, the British manpower system based on voluntary enlistment was beginning to be stretched thin. Wellington fought to keep every veteran soldier in the Peninsula, York sought to balance manpower demands across the globe, and politicians continued to open up new fronts that stretched the Army even further. This talk explores the rights and wrongs of each position, the solutions proposed and implemented, and how the stresses of the final 18 months of hostilities nearly pushed the system to breaking point.

3.15pm – 4.15pm
The Napoleonic services of Field-Marshal John Burgoyne RE.
Speaker: Dr Mark Thompson

Burgoyne served from 1800 to 1815 in Europe, Egypt and America with almost no breaks. He was known to John Moore and Thomas Graham before coming to the notice of Wellington, who had great regard for his competence. Burgoyne was in the Peninsula from 1808 through to 1814 and was present at many of the major actions. Like many officers of the period he had strong opinions on what he witnessed, and his papers give an insight into the man and his often different views of events.

Tickets £5