An historical society
An historical society for those interested in the Battle of Waterloo, the Peninsular and other campaigns of the Duke of Wellington and the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars.
Apart from regularly contributing to the maintenance and preservation of existing monuments, the Association was responsible for the erection, and dedication in 2002, of a major memorial at Quatre Bras, commemorating the British and Hanoverian troops that fought and died there on 16th June 1815. This was the first memorial to British Forces on the battlefields of the Campaign. A Register of Memorials to the soldiers who fought in Wellington’s campaigns in the Peninsular and at Waterloo has been published in two volumes under the title Wellington’s Men Remembered. The Association has been closely involved with the plans to mark the Bicentenary of Waterloo in 2015.
Waterloo Association Aims
- To promote public education and appreciation of the history of the wars between Great Britain, her allies and France known as the Napoleonic Wars.
- To preserve and safeguard the site of the Battle of Waterloo.
- To encourage a better understanding of events which preceded the Napoleonic Wars and the course of military operations in the campaign of 1815 and its consequences.
- To encourage research on all matters pertaining to the Napoleonic Wars and to assist in the publication of such research.
- Production of 3 learned journals, provided free to Association Members
- Hold at least one meeting per year in the six regions and two in London
To these ends, the Association conducts historical research and, in association with the Waterloo Committee in Belgium, continues to help improve and preserve the battlefield.
In recent years the Association was actively involved in promoting the erection of a monument to the British Army at Quatre Bras, which now takes its rightful place alongside the other national memorials.
When in 1972, the site of the battlefield was under threat from a proposed motorway, the 8th Duke of Wellington, with help from a number of distinguished Belgian and British allies, successfully fought off the plan, but realised the need for an organisation to promote and protect the site for future generations.
The Waterloo Committees of Belgium and Britain were formed and the Association was created to widen the support, as well as to promote a greater understanding of the Battle of Waterloo and Britain’s role in the Napoleonic and French Revolutionary Wars.
The Duke of Wellington
Today the 9th Duke carries on the work of his father, the 8th Duke who founded this Association, to protect the legacy of the Great Duke and those who served with him.
The Duke of Wellington founded The Waterloo Committee, following a successful joint effort with Lord Anglesey to stop the building of a motorway across the battlefield of Waterloo in Belgium.
The name was changed to “The Waterloo Association” to differentiate more clearly the organisation in the UK from the Waterloo Committee in Belgium.
The Association was responsible for the erection, and dedication, of a major memorial at Quatre Bras, commemorating the British and Hanoverian troops that fought and died there on 16th June 1815.
The Association was closely involved with the plans to mark the Bicentenary of Waterloo in 2015.
The Association launched regular regional meetings to encourage greater participation across the country.