by J. David Markham, FINS When one thinks of prisoners of war, soldiers and sailors usually come to mind. One rather different type of ‘prisoner’ during the Napoleonic period, however, consisted of British citizens who found themselves in France when the Peace of Amiens broke down in May of 1803. Those who found themselves trapped […]
The mournful story of the death of the Duke of Wellington at Walmer Castle on 14th September 1852
The 18th Century aristocracy were addicted to written communication. They wrote copious letters and kept detailed diaries of their everyday activities. It is therefore doubly curious that there still remains uncertainty about both the birthdate and the birthplace of Arthur Wesley, First Duke of Wellington.
Until 2002 there were no memorials at either Quatre Bras or Waterloo to the British Army. Even though there were monuments to the Belgian, Dutch , German and French armies. In 1998 the Duke of Wellington decided to set this right and started a joint Anglo-Belgian project to erect a memorial at Quatre Bras.
A VISITOR TO DEVON by Dr Hugh Wills At Sea in Plymouth Sound One careless word from Midshipman Home was all it took, and a gaggle of twenty white-frocked Brixham girls headed for the quayside. They mobbed the shore party and had to be man-handled out of the ship’s cutter, probably with some degree of […]
An account of a journey across the present day battle-sites of the Waterloo Campaign by horse. By Evelyn Webb-Carter- Chairman of the Waterloo Association.
By. MKH Crumplin MB BS FRCS (Eng and Ed) FHS FINS Hon. Curator at the Royal College of Surgeons of England; archivist to the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland In 1794, a distinguished Scots surgeon, John Bell pleaded for reform, “The situation of a military surgeon is more important than of any […]
Ever since the beginning of the war with France in 1793, the Royal Navy had been used to land troops on widely scattered and usually unhealthy coasts in the forlorn hope of making a decisive attack on the French.