The Waterloo Assocation: Members Area

Waterloo Association Event in North West – Visit to the museum of the Lancashire regiments


Lancashire Infantry Museum, Fulwood Barracks, Preston, Lancashire PR2 8AA

Saturday 26th October 2019. Arrival 10.30am


After the successful 2018 event held at Preston, we return to The Lancashire Infantry Museum which houses one of the largest and most important Infantry Regimental collections in the country.

We shall enjoy a visit to the museum provided by Col John Downham who will also talk about his research into another of the Lancashire regiments. This time it is the ‘Fighting Fortieth’ in the Peninsula and at Waterloo. The 40th Foot, also known as the 2nd Somersetshire Regiment of Foot, was originally raised in Nova Scotia but under the Childers Reforms was amalgamated with the 82nd Regiment of Foot to become the Prince of Wales’ Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment). It was one of the few regiments to fight from Rolica to Toulouse as well as at Waterloo. In addition Dr Mark Thompson will talk about sieges in the Peninsula in which the Lancashire Regiments were involved and John Morewood will talk about the 1813 sieges of San Sebastian in which the 4th , 47th and 59th Foot, again all Lancashire Regiments, were heavily involved.

10.30 Arrival and coffee
11.00-12.00 Colonel John Downham -the Fighting 40th in The Peninsula and Waterloo
12.00-13.00 Dr Mark Thompson- Fortifications and siege logistics with reference to the Peninsula War
13.00-13.45 Lunch
13.45-14.45 John Morewood- The Sieges and taking of San Sebastian 1813
14.45-15.30 Opportunity to visit the museum.

There is no charge for the visit, tour or talks. The Waterloo Association will be making a donation to the museum. A buffet lunch will be provided and attendees will be expected to make a contribution to the lunch. Please contact the WA Secretary John Morewood to register interest

Please note that adult visitors will be asked to produce personal identification such as a photo ID driving licence.