Historic England have just released a report on the Woolwich Rotunda, it covers the history of this fascinating structure and options for it’s future. Well worth taking the time to read. Click the link below to download the PDF. The Woolwich Rotunda is a structure of international significance, listed grade II*. Designed by the architect […]
As part of our continuing efforts to provide value to our members in this covid period there are some more dates for your diary. 10th February WA WINTER LECTURE 4: THE 69TH REGIMENT IN THE WATERLOO CAMPAIGN- THROUGH THE EYES OF TWO TEENAGERS 17th February WA WINTER LECTURE 5:WOMEN OF INFLUENCE – WELLINGTON AND HIS […]
If you missed the fascinating talk on the Congress of Vienna by Colonel Nick Lipscombe on Zoom a few weeks ago you can now catch up on it in our Members Area. Along with other talks and podcasts. The password is contained within your Journal. Also coming up in February are three more Lectures. See […]
Dear Members As you know we have been running a Winter Lecture series to make up for the lack of physical events we are able to run. If you missed these Lectures, three are now available in your Members Zone. Password is contained within your Journal. Midland Lecture Series: 52nd Foot at Waterloo (The Truth, […]
Amazon is inviting registered UK charities to join AmazonSmile, its affiliate marketing service that lets customers generate a donation for charity each time they shop on Amazon. Each time customers shop at smile.amazon.co.uk Amazon will donate a percentage of the net purchase price for millions of eligible products. There is no additional cost or charge to customers or […]
George F Nafziger will be known to many already. Over the last forty years he has produced a mass of extremely detailed Orders of Battle totaling nearly 8,000 different OOB’s ranging from 1600 to 1945 and produced a number of books on various aspects of military history. Having retired, George donated his entire collection to […]
Dear Members In spite of Covid we are attempting to provide as many services and events to you as possible. Five episodes of our new podcast are now available in the members section. The latest is Colonel Sempronius Stretton by David Molony. We are also hoping to go ahead with our Midlands event on the […]
We are enhancing our services to members by developing our technology platform. We now have a You Tube channel. It will hold podcasts (audio recordings) and videos. Some will be recorded and some will be live streamed. Our first video was The Revd. Stephen Fletcher’s live streaming of his Waterloo Service. We are now looking […]
Partly due to the Pandemic we are searching for ways to bring more value to our members and raise awareness of the Association and it work. Our first YouTube video is a service of commemoration for the 205th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. We hope to bring you more content soon.
Age of Revolution launches FREE TO ACCESS Napoleonic War Archive Material Waterloo 200 Ltd and the Age of Revolution have commissioned Gareth Glover to transcribe a large selection of Napoleonic archival material for free access by both students, teachers and enthusiasts. Nothing gives a clearer understanding of the lives led by the officers, soldiers and […]
Dear Members Due to the current crisis we are unable to hold our usual Annual General Meeting. We do however want to keep you updated as to the state of the Association and future plans. Chairman’s Statement Report of the Trustees Balance Sheet of the Association as of Dec 2019 Full Financial Statement
I had hoped to have delivered this in person at our Annual General Meeting scheduled for 8th April but, as you are aware, we have had to cancel this due to the impact of the Corona virus. At this moment our plans are to hold the AGM before our scheduled meeting at the East India […]
The Waterloo Association presents the Napoleon Series website For over two decades Bob Burnham and his team have developed and expanded The Napoleon Series to the important and significant research source that it is today with over 20,000 informative and interesting articles. The Waterloo Association is pleased and honoured to be able to take over […]
As you will be aware there are very different opinions about the level of isolation needed to control the outbreak and this is changing daily.. It is very difficult to forecast the future but we realise that we may have to cancel events at short notice in line with government advice. Due to the current […]
All our members receive three journals a year as one of the benefits of belonging to the Association. If you are considering becoming a member you might like to download a copy of our journal from Spring 2016. Containing many fascinating stories: An account of the St Paul’s Commemorative Service for the Bi-Centenary of Waterloo […]
Oh, the grand old Duke of York He had ten thousand men; He marched them up to the top of the hill, And he marched them down again. When they were up, they were up, And when they were down, they were down, And when they were only halfway up, They were neither up nor […]
by Elizabeth Lancaster On May 1st 1903, the Batley News published an obituary to my great grandfather, Armitage Colbeck, which stated, among other things, that the deceased’s grandfather had fought at the Battle of Waterloo. This was the starting point to my search for my soldier ancestor. War Office records yielded the information that a […]
The following pages are taken from the memoirs of Commissary-General Tupper Carey. He joined the Commissariat Department in 1808 at the age of sixteen, and was immediately sent out to the Peninsula. He accompanied the Light Brigade of Cavalry on their retreat to Vigo. With the exception of a few months, when he was invalided […]
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.
These are stories that seem to belong to another age, legends of centaurs, titans, with human heads and the bodies of horses galloping to the assault of Olympus, horrible, sublime, invulnerable beings, both gods and beasts ….
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 […]
Waterloo General – The Life, Letters and Mysterious Death of Major General Sir William Ponsonby 1772-1815’
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.
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 […]
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 […]
The University of Southampton will be holding its Seventh Wellington Congress 12-14 April 2019. Submissions may come from any discipline that focuses on this period.
This Documentary is about the rise and fall of Napoleon I.
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.
When researching anything, be it family, local or national history, then a very useful first port of call should be your local library service.
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.
Sean stands with historian Professor Saul David where the British and French infantry first clashed at Waterloo.
Recreation of the Battle of Waterloo at Hougoumont in lego as part of the commemoration for the 200 anniversary.
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.
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.
Signalling systems in use during the war with France 1793-1815
In May 2017 the Waterloo Association ran a weekend trip to Waterloo focusing on the Prussian perspective.
The Walcheren Campaign was an unsuccessful British expedition to the Netherlands in 1809.
The Plains of Waterloo is easy-listening, foot-tapping music that anyone with an interest in folk music will enjoy.
Armies of the Napoleonic Wars is a single volume study of the major armies of the period, edited by Gregory Fremont-Barnes.
Field Marshal John Colborne, 1st Baron Seaton (1778-1863), most famous for commanding the 52nd Regiment of Foot at Waterloo.