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Arthur Wellesley, First Duke of Wellington
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.
WATERLOO ASSOCIATION EXPEDITION TO IRELAND 2018 In August we undertook our most ambitious trip yet, a 5 day + trip to look at Ireland in the 18th century concentrating on Wellington sites (he was born in Dublin on 1st May 1769) and sites connected with the 1798 rebellion (many people he knew served in the […]
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.
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The late Duke was a distinguished soldier during and after the Second World War being awarded an MC for his gallantry in an action, ironically against the Vichy French in Syria in 1941.
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 […]
BRITISH LIBRARY The British Library at St Pancras is the national library of the United Kingdom and the largest national library in the world by number of items catalogued. There main catalogue for millions of records for books, journals,  printed maps, scores, electronic resources, sound archive items an extensive archive of documents and correspondence and electronically, newspapers, where the collection goes […]
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The Battle of Fishguard, which took place 22-24 February 1797, was the last time a hostile foreign force landed on British soil, and is therefore often referred to as “the last invasion of Britain”.
The Internet Archive is a San Francisco–based non-profit digital library with the stated mission of “universal access to all knowledge. It contains online reproductions of 11 million books, including a number contemporaneous with the Napoleonic Wars. The books can be viewed and downloaded in a variety of formats. Many of the works are out of […]
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The National Archives (TNA) is home to millions of historical documents, known as records, which were created and collected by UK central government departments and major courts of law.
researching using your library
When researching anything, be it family, local or national history, then a very useful first port of call should be your local library service.
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Sean Bean begins his journey of discovery at Chatham in South East England, where a large group of history enthusiasts are rehearsing to take part in a huge reenactment.
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After the battle of Trafalgar in October 1805, there occurred the following year a land battle, which though small scale and unimportant in many ways, crucially showed that in the right circumstances that the British could also defeat the French on land.
Action between His Majesty's Sloop, Bonne Citoyenne, and the French frigate,_La_Furieuse
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.
Arthur Wellesley, First Duke of Wellington
A Congress had been convened at Vienna to sort out all of the difficult questions over land rights and borders after such a long war.
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Some 14,000 French soldiers were tied down in attacking the farm complex, its gardens and orchard, throughout the day; the Allies defending numbered about 3,000, with another 3,000 in close support.
Having pursued the French from the field, the Prussians pushed on all night with their cavalry beating drums and blowing horns to disconcert any attempt to rally the French troops.
Arthur Wellesley, First Duke of Wellington
The fighting was finally over at Paris but isolated fortresses held out for many months; whilst diplomacy became the order of the day.