Waterloo Association - Visit to the Queens’ Royal Lancers Museum and Study Day,
Thoresby Courtyard, Thoresby Nottinghamshire. Saturday August 26th 2017 10.30am-
- An ideal way to avoid a typical British Bank Holiday Saturday!
The recently refurbished museum displays the historic collections of The Queen's Royal Lancers,
the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and the South Nottinghamshire Hussars. These fascinating
collections are of national importance, the museum being opened by HRH Princess Alexandra in
The Queen's Royal Lancers has the immortal cap badge “death or glory” because of the skull and
crossed bones above 'or glory'. The six cavalry regiments amalgamated to form The Queen's
Royal Lancers were: the 5th, 16th, 17th and 21st Lancers, the 16th/5th Lancers and the
17th/21st Lancers. Various of these regiments fought at Waterloo, the Sikh Wars, the Indian
Mutiny, Omdurman and of course the 17th achieved immortality by participating in the Charge of
the Light Brigade
Besides having a tour of the museum led by museum staff we will also have presentations on:
12/16 Light Dragoons during the Napoleonic Wars, the success of lancers in the Napoleonic
Wars and the British Army’s decision to convert light dragoons into lancers, the Lancers in the
Sikh Wars and Indian Mutiny and the 17th Lancers at Balaclava. Speakers include Dr Andrew
Bamford, Patrick Mercer and John Morewood
There will be no charge for attending this event as we will be making a donation to the museum
from central association funds. There is a café on site for lunch which individuals will need to buy
Given the size of the meeting room attendance is strictly limited to 15 and applications will be
accepted on a “first come first served” basis. Please email The Secretary John Morewood at
NORTH WEST BRANCH
A meeting will be held on 28th October 2017 in the Duke of Lancaster’s Regimental Museum in
Carlisle Castle. This is the home of the former Cumberland Regiment, the 34th Foot, well known
for their Peninsular exploits.
Members will be able to visit the relocated Museum to see the exhibits including the Drums
captured by the 34th Foot from the French 34th Infantry Regiment at the Battle of Arroyo dos
Molinos in the Peninsula. The allied troops under General Hill were skilfully manoeuvred and the
34th Foot captured a whole battalion of the 34th French infantry together with their drums.
The programme starts at 11am with a visit to the Museum followed by lunch.
After lunch there will be a talk by the Curator, Stuart Eastwood on the anniversary of the Battle of
Arroyo dos Molinos which took place on 28th October 1811.
There will be a charge of £20.00 for the day including lunch.
All guests welcome. Members to attend please contact Janet and David Bromley at: Sunnyside,
Papcastle, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 0LA enclosing a cheque made out to the Waterloo
Association for £20.00
Waterloo Association - Members Autumn Meeting
Our autumn meeting will take place on Thursday 9th November in the splendid surroundings of The East
India Club 16 St James's Square, London, SW1Y 4LH. This is of course where on June 21, 1815, the
Prince Regent, the principal guest at a dinner party, heard the news of the victory at Waterloo.
There will be a drinks reception from 6pm-6.45pm at which a mixture of house red/white wine and soft
drinks will be available. This will be followed by a presentation by Waterloo Association member Robert
Pocock who will be speaking on: “Waterloo’s most famous junior officer: The early and final years
of Cavalié Mercer RHA." He will be covering Mercer’s childhood and upbringing within a military family,
his schooling, family tragedy, studies at the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, and his first posting,
basically what made Mercer into the man he became. He’ll then jump to his final years, as the second
most senior Artilleryman in the country, and the Waterloo Association’s support for the grave restoration.
There is no charge to members for this event. Members may bring guests provided, as always, they are
interested in joining the Waterloo Association.
1) The EIC has a strict dress code:
“Gentlemen should wear business attire or a jacket, including collar and tie, with tailored trousers.
Ladies should dress in smart separates, elegant dress or business attire. Trousers should be tailored.
Casual wear is unacceptable.” Further details are available on the Club website
2) Given heightened security measures no one will be allowed entrance to the club unless their
names are on the attendee list. We have been asked by the EIC to let them have a final list of attendees
by Friday 27th October. If you do wish to attend please email the Hon Secretary John Morewood at tjjp199
@yahoo.co.uk before this date with your full name and the same for any guests you wish to bring. Places