So we’ve been in touch with the folks organising the national anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and provided them a few details about Waterlooville.
Before I go into that, here’s a quick summary of The Battle of Waterloo:
- It happened in the year 1815 during the reign of King George III
- Britain and Prussia were at war with the French
- The Duke of Wellington was the British commander
- Napoleon Bonaparte was the French commander
- The battle took place 9 miles south of Brussels (which is in Belgium) near the settlement of ‘Waterloo’
- The French lost
- Wellington described his victory as a ‘damned near-run thing’
- The battle was one of great historical importance and ended a series of European wars that had taken place since 1790
It is said that British soldiers from The Battle of Waterloo stopped off at the pub, located at the crossroads where the Waterlooville NatWest Bank is now, and that the pub was renamed in their honour. It is also said that some of the soldiers from The Battle of Waterloo settled here.
So what do we have in Waterlooville today that stills connect us with The Battle of Waterloo, and the soldiers that settled here?
There’s the name of our town of course
The Heroes of Waterloo Pub
The Wellington Pub
Waterlooville has, in the Wellington Way Precinct, a real King George III (born 1738, died 1820) canon:
If you are a descendent of one of the soldiers that fought at The Battle of Waterloo, please get in touch with the organisation approved and supported by Government to oversee the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.