Wellington's Men Remembered
Wellington’s Men Remembered is a reference work which has been compiled
on behalf of the Association of Friends of the Waterloo Committee and contains
over 3,000 memorials to soldiers who fought in the Peninsular War and at
Waterloo between 1808 and 1815, together with 150 battlefield and regimental
memorials in 24 countries worldwide.
* A register of memorials to British and Allied soldiers who served in the
Peninsular War and at Waterloo
* Volume One contains 1,800 memorials to soldiers who served in the
Peninsular War and at Waterloo
* Arranged alphabetically with locations of memorials, inscriptions and photographs
* Biographical summaries with rank and regiment, service records, honours
and awards, family links and bibliographical sources
* Regimental and place indexes
* CD Rom inserted with 1,800 photographs of memorials in each volume
Volume 2 has now been released click here for the order form. Association members pay only £35
Click here to order Volume 1, Association members pay only £35
Contributions are Welcome, Contact Janet and David Bromley. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org]
Guidelines for Contributors
To publish a volume recording all known memorials to British and Allied soldiers in the form of memorial tablets, headstones, graves etc in churches, and cemeteries, together with statues, columns, and other memorials commemorating soldiers who fought in the Peninsular Wars and at Waterloo, wherever they maybe located, supported with details of inscriptions on memorials and a photograph wherever possible.
Full surname and forenames of man, together with his rank and regiment if known.
The location of the memorial or grave by cemetery or Church [including it’s name], place and county. In a few instances by country where the memorial is located abroad. A very brief location of the memorial or grave in the church, churchyard or cemetery.
The Memorial Inscription
The inscription should be recorded in full, showing the layout and style of the memorial inscription. For instance identify lower and upper case, punctuation, and also note any eccentricities of spelling, which the monumental mason may have made. Inscription details relating to wives, and other family burials can be omitted, but should be identified by illustration.
A coloured photograph of the memorial is sought wherever possible, preferably in a ‘portrait’ layout. It should be of a size to help any future searcher locate it within the churchyard. In the case of very extensive inscriptions, a close up photograph of the inscription is also helpful.
Occasionally a print or book illustration is included where a recent photograph is not available.
Biographical Information. Any brief biographical information that you may have about the man would be useful, but is not essential.
Other sources of information
Most inscriptions recorded so far have come from the personal knowledge of Association members, information in published sources, and from careful personal inspection of the memorials inside churches, the attached churchyards and cemeteries. With the increasing tendency for churches to landscape their churchyards for ease of maintenance, many headstones have been moved, demolished, and others are in a very poor state of repair, often leading to details on the inscriptions being unidentifiable. In such cases, reference to the published list of memorial inscriptions, which have been prepared by many family history societies, churches, and other organisations can also be used to confirm the detail of the inscription, or even to identify records of graves that have since disappeared. [These are normally held in the Record Office or Local Studies Library]. They are included in the Register as evidence of the previous existence of the grave or memorial. Records of unmarked graves without evidence of memorial inscriptions are also included in a separate section where there is conclusive evidence from historical records that the man is buried in the churchyard.
These guidelines will hopefully be useful to members who are interested in helping to complete the Register of Memorials. The editors appreciate partial details, or even the information that a memorial is known to exist, even if you are not in a position to visit and record the details personally. With a growing number of memorials submitted by members, it could be worth checking with the editors to establish whether a particular soldier is included before recording the inscription and taking a photograph.
A typical entry:
KERRISON, Sir Edward Lieutenant Colonel 7th (Queen’s Own) Regiment of Light Dragoons. Memorial tablet St Peter and St Paul Church, Hoxne, Suffolk [Photograph]
IN MEMORY OF GENERAL SIR EDWARD KERRISON, BART K.C.B G.C.H. OF OAKLEY PARK, IN THIS PARISH, WHOSE REMAINS ARE HERE INTERRED.
HE SERVED MANY YEARS IN THE VIITH HUSSARS, COMMANDING HIS REGIMENT AT THE BATTLES OF ORTHES, AND WATERLOO, AND WAS MORE THAN ONCE SEVERELY WOUNDED. HE REPRESENTED THE BOROUGH OF EYE IN PARLIAMENT FROM MDCCCXXIV TO MDCCCLII. HE WAS BORN IN MDCCLXXIV AND DIED MARCH IX MDCCCLIII. HELD IN HONOUR BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM.
Cornet 6th Dragoon 23 Jun 1796. Lt 1 Feb 1798. Capt 47th Foot 18 Oct 1798. Capt 7th Light Dragoons 8 Nov 1798. Major 12 May 1803. Lt Colonel 4 Apr 1805. Bt Colonel 4 Jun 1813. Major General 12 Aug 1819. Lt General 10 Jan 1837. General 11 Nov 1851. Served in the Peninsula Nov 1808 - Jan 1809, Aug 1813 - Apr 1814 [O/c Hussars Brigade Nov - Dec 1813]. Present at Benevente, Carrion 25 Dec 1808 in the Corunna campaign [severely wounded, his arm broken in two places during the cavalry action on the plains of Leon], Nive, Sauveterre, Orthes [severely wounded] and Toulouse. Present at Waterloo in command of the 7th Light Dragoons [wounded], the siege of Cambrai and Capture of Paris.Also served at the Helder 1799. Knighted 5 Jan 1815. Baronet 27 Jul 1821.Awarded Gold Medal for Orthes. MGS medal for Benevente, Nive and Toulouse. GCH. KCB. MP for Shaftsbury 1812 - 1818, Northampton 1818-1824 and Eye 1824 - 1852. Captain Commandant of Suffolk Borderers Yeomanry Cavalry 18 Jul 1831. There is also a memorial plaque at Hoxne to Kerrison’s three horses - Blake and Harlequin, both ridden in the Peninsula and Gilt, killed under him at Waterloo. Reference: Dictionary of National Biography. Royal Military Calendar. Gentleman’s Magazine, May 1853, p 542-543.
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