Have you ever wondered about the human cost of the Napoleonic Wars? The cost of the battlefield in the Napoleonic era?
Waterloo200 is looking for anyone who may have any stories or any connections to a family member or veteran of the Napoleonic War Conflict and in particular the Battle of Waterloo. If you know anyone who would like to tell us about their story, please feel free to contact us at http://www.waterloo200.org/contact.
Also, in commemoration of the upcoming bi-centenary of the Battle of Waterloo in 2015, an e-petition has been set up in an attempt to mark the occasion with a bank holiday. If you would like to sign the petition then please take a minute to look at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/26429 and add your name to the list.
A commemoration is what we are hoping for – a pan-European remembrance of all those who fought, died and were caught up in the Napoleonic Wars and Waterloo! Let’s hope that this is what we can achieve.
Thanks for your continued support!
How should we remember Hougoumont Farm? We could view it as a dilapidated barn with a few brick walls, an orchard and some old out-buildings OR we can restore it and remember it as the farm which stands on the site of the fields of the 1815 Battle of Waterloo.
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
My wikipedia page has now been uploaded!
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.
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 redcoats.ning.com!
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.