The 2015 Waterloo Association Trip to Waterloo
Report on the Waterloo Association trip to Waterloo1st to 4th May 2015

26 intrepid members of the Association took part in the Association’s trip to Waterloo at the beginning of May. The long weekend allowed members to view the battlefield without the restrictions and crowds that were expected in June. Besides our Chairman and Lady Webb Carter the trip included attendees from all over the UK with a sizeable group from Australia- particularly the wonderful Kirkham family. The trip was organised by the John Morewood, Paul Brunyee and Roger Ansell. Friday evening involved a drinks reception at the Wellington Museum attended by representatives from the Belgian Committee and gave members the opportunity to see the wonderful exhibition comparing Napoleon and Wellington with items on display, some for the first time.  The evening meal was at the splendid Le Cote Vert. On the Saturday we followed the route of the heavy cavalry to Quatre Bras. The first stop was made at Denderhoutem the brigade headquarters of Sir William Ponsonby and also the regimental headquarters of the Scots Greys. The next stop was at Ninove which was visited by Mercer and whose Norbertine Monastery was the headquarters of Lord Uxbridge and the site of the meal after the great cavalry review at Schendelbeke attended by Blucher, Wellington and other senior officers. At Ninove members had a tour of the old town from Ann de Bruyne the Head of Tourism and Archaeology. Ann pointed out that the bulk of the monastery had been destroyed in the 19th century but that the beautiful Baroque abbey church still existed as did the gateway through which Blucher and Wellington rode as well as the Cow Gate through which Mercer rode. After a visit to the oldest pub in Ninove for some well deserved refreshment the group moved on to the site of the great cavalry review at Schendelbeke and then on to Quatre Bras, admittedly by a circuitous route as the non English speaking Belgian coach driver took us to a crossroads (“Quatre Bras”) in the south of Brussels not the battlefield!. After a visit to the proper Quatre Bras the group moved on to consider the events of the 17th June and visited Genappe looking at the cavalry actions and the Roi d’Espagne. The evening meal was at the delightful Le Hotel 1815 on the battlefield itself. Sunday was spent in the company of the enthusiastic tour guide and author Alasdair White who knows the battlefield like the back of his hand - not least because he walks his dog over the ground. Unfortunately the weather became atmospherically inclement but noone complained as they found Alasdair’s update on the archaeological discoveries at Hougoumont fascinating. Following a change into dry clothing the group dined heartily at L’Amusoir and were joined by Alasdair and his wife. Everyone enjoyed the event and the company of their fellow travellers. In addition Robert Pocock brought us up to speed with his latest research on Mercer and Gerry Murphy on the Nassauers and his poem on Waterloo.

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Waterloo Association trip to Waterloo 2016
In June 2016 the Waterloo Association ran a weekend trip to Waterloo looking at the campaign from the French
perspective.  Following the normal drinks reception at the Wellington Museum on the Friday evening Saturday saw 15
Association members visit Beaumont (Napoleon’s Headquarters on the night of 14th/15th June). We then followed his
route to Ligny where we visited the battlefield site (and shared drinks with Napoleon and his Imperial Guard at the
annual re-enactment!).  Having reviewed the wanderings of D’Erlon we then went on to Frasnes and Quatre Bras to look
at the actions there. Sunday was spent at Mont St Jean but looking at the actions from the French perspective and
visiting the various museums. Monday we visited Plancenoit and then made our way home. We dined splendidly at Cote
Vert, L’Hotel 1815 and L’Amusoir and had great accommodation at Hotel Ibis at Waterloo
Waterloo Association Trip to Waterloo 2017
In May this year the Waterloo Association ran a weekend trip to Waterloo looking at the campaign from the Prussian
perspective.  This involved looking at a lot of new ground as we looked at the Prussian retreat from Ligny, their march to
Waterloo and the pursuit of Grouchy to Namur. Following the normal drinks reception at the Wellington Museum on the
Friday evening Saturday saw 12 Association members visit Sombreffe (Blucher’s Headquarters on the night of
15th/16thh June) and Ligny. We then followed the Prussian retreat to Wavre and the actions there and at Bierge. We
even found where Marshal Grouchy ate his strawberries! Sunday saw us look at the Prussian pursuit of Grouchy and the
two little known actions around Temploux as well as the better known action at Namur. In the late afternoon we followed
the Prussian line of march to Mont St Jean. Monday was a visit to Plancenoit and then we made our way home. We
dined splendidly  at Cote Vert, La brasserie du couvent and L’Amusoir and had great accommodation at Hotel ibis at
Waterloo