The Wellington Collection


Apsley House

If you ever go to London and fancy visiting Wellington’s Arch, then please take a look across the road at the magnificent house opposite – that is Apsley House, the home of the 1st Duke of Wellington. Continue reading


The Times. Published June 22, 1815.


The Times, London, Thursday, June 22, 1815

After a lot of rifling through stacks of books and documents, my Grandad presented mewith his copy of the June 22, 1815 edition of the Times newspaper. An original copy at the price of 6d Continue reading

National Archives

National Archives Kew

Just one of the many documents I looked at!

Last week I went on a trip to the National Archives in Kew, London, with the purpose of looking at a number of War Office documents that might tell me more about the life on an 18th century soldier. I managed to discover tons of information surrounding such topics as clothing, food, forage, pay etc. Continue reading

The project!


Heya guys!

I guess I’m new to this blogging world so I’m going to give it my best shot and I hope that it provides someone with some interest, or at least a laugh or two as I try to work how to get on with my research!

If any of you have any questions about Soldiers and soldiering then please don’t hesitate to ask me and I shall try to find out for you, or alternatively join the website created by Dr Kevin Linch at!

At the moment, I’m in the early stages of transcribing over 300 photos that I took of War Office documents from the National Archives, and am developing a wikipedia page on the life of a redcoat soldier.

18th century military history is a fascinating subject and as I’ve found out, it becomes highly addictive once you get going. I shall update again soon, but this is hopefully a good start.