On Sunday 13th November, Remembrance Sunday, a special ceremony is being held in the Parish Church of Blidworth, Notts (England).
A memorial plaque is being unveiled to honour a local man: Matthew Clay. For those of you who do not know, Matthew Clay fought with the 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards at Waterloo, and was one of the defenders of Hougoumont.
However, it was his extraordinary account of the campaign which brought him notoriety. Almost two hundred years after the event, this act of courage, one among many that day, is being remembered.
Christine Clay Dabbs, a relative of Matthew, has been tenacious in her efforts, and has organised the event with the Parish Council. A guard of honour will be at hand from two re-enactment groups; the Grenadier and Coldstream Guards, and representatives of RHQ Scots Guards will also be present.
A news article about Matthew Clay can be found at: http://www.chad.co.uk/news/local/blidworth_soldier_was_a_hero_at_battle_of_waterloo_1_3851089
If you would like to find out more please visit the Project Hougoumont page on Facebook. A fantastic resource and forum for all those interested in the project and Waterloo in general.