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  • Date: 18 June 1815
  • Location: Waterloo (in modern-day Belgium)
  • Campaign: Napoleonic Wars (1803-15)
  • Combatants: A coalition of the armies of Britain, the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, Hanover, Brunswick, Nassau and Prussia against France
  • Protagonists: The Duke of Wellington, Field Marshal Gebhard von Blücher; The Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Outcome: Coalition victory


7 November 2016, 11.04am

Marianne Symes name appears

Marianne Symes name appears in Rowley Heyland's letter home. We have on our family tree Mary Anne , daughter of Rowley Heyland of Glendarragh Co Antrim . She was married to Richard H Symes Rector of Kilcommon Co Wicklow and lived at Bellybeg.

Graham Le Tissier Pearson
20 June 2015, 2.23pm

Napoleon did surrender.

Napoleon did surrender.

Chris Heyland
15 October 2014, 7.36pm

The Major also my ggg

The Major also my ggg grandfather. We have met the relatives at Ballintemple. We are descended from Alfred who was a General serving in the Crimea. Family all going to the celebrations next year. Still trying to find out the whereabouts of his Waterloo Medal but Google only throws up "at the bank".

Roger H Fox
6 September 2014, 2.29pm

Re #1 Arthur Rowley Heyland.

Re #1 Arthur Rowley Heyland. He was also my gX3 grandfather, vis his eldest daughter, May Anne (orMariana) Kyffin H. A direct male line descendant supplied a page to He will have lots of information. Also try Barbara Anstie has researched this also. I believe that there may still be descendants living at Ballintemple.

Arthur Heyland
14 June 2014, 2.53pm

My g.g.g.grand father (Major

My g.g.g.grand father (Major Arthur Rowley Heyland) was killed during the final hours of the battle in command of the 40th Foot and has a tomb in the Waterloo Museum. I have a brief history of his life in Ireland, schooling, career during the twenty years war, apart from what's on Google. But would appreciate any more information on his life.

arthur mcclench
19 March 2013, 9.30pm

Drummy 1945: Those French

Drummy 1945: Those French "Grenadiers" were in fact 'Chasseurs' of the Garde Imperiale who also wore bearskin caps which by that date denoted 'elite' rather than simple grenadier status. Not that many people on the ridge that day would have known or gave a fig by that time.

Since, after driving back one body of Chasseurs, the 2nd Bn, 1st Foot Guards had to fall back when caught over extended by another column coming up, it might have been fair also to award bearskins to Colborne's 52nd Regiment who caught that column in flank and precipitated the retreat of the Imperial Guard in that quarter of the field. Wellington, however, seems to have been annoyed with Colborne for some reason.

The Chasseurs were, technically, light infantry. The "First, or Light Infantry, Regiment of Foot Guards"? H'm. The 52nd, of course, were Light Infantry already.

"When the legend become history, print the legend."

arthur mcclench
19 March 2013, 8.43pm

"Waterloo inaugurated a

"Waterloo inaugurated a general European peace that, apart from the brief interruption of the Crimean War (1854-56), lasted until 1914."

1830 Belgian 'War of Independence. Constitutionalist 'Revolutions': France, Switzerland.
November uprising,Poland
1833-1839 First Carlist War Spain
1848 'The Year of Revolutions: France, Germany,Poland, Italy, Hungary
1848-51 First Schleswig War
[1854-56 Crimean War]
1859 Italian War of 1859 (Franco-Austrian) : Magenta, Solferino
1864 2nd Schleswig War
1866 Austro-Prussian War: Konigratz/Sadowa
1870 Franco-Prussian War: Worth, Mars-le-Tour, Gravelotte-St. Privat. Sedan Siege of Paris
March on Rome
1872-1876 Third Carlist War- Spain
1878- Russo-Turkish War- Bulgaria
1885- Serbo-Bulgarian War

Also fog in channel on numerous occasions. Continent cut off.

malachy cooke
19 March 2013, 10.16am

I believe this expression of

I believe this expression of the Waterloo engagement was straight to the point and explains where we are at present.

2 March 2013, 12.34pm

Baker does put some good

Baker does put some good points but seems to miss the most obvious. The reason the British stood and fought was because WELLINGTON was in command. The reason that the British line was not devastated by the opening French artillery barrage was because Wellington had previously reconnoited the area and had deliberately chosen the terrain in which he positioned his army. By having the ability to position his troops behind the ridge he enabled Ney to mistakenly believe the British were retreating. This precipitated his decision to destroy what he thought was the allied withdrawal..

I find your remarks "Had they not stubbornly remained even when outnumbered and outclassed" highly offensive to the memories of those BRITISH soldiers. Outnumbered yes outclassed? By the way there were Scots Irish and Welsh as well as Allied troops there..

I also find your "Without wishing to resort to a rather hackneyed "lions led by donkeys" style of argument" also highly derogatory to the Commanders and Officers of the British Army that fought that day. You only have to look at the casualty figures among this group of men to see that a more appropriate "Lions led by Lions would be a better representation.

The courage of Wellington Uxbridge Picton and the Colonels of the various regiments is without question. Wellingtons tactical genius also.. You can only fight a battle with what you have and at a time of your opponent or your own choosing. Considering that to be the case. Wellington had the choice of fighting or retreating. Wellington chose to stand and fight with what he had Outnumbered but with the promise that Blucher would come to his aid.

You say that the British allowed their enemy to make mistakes rather than coming up with a decisive idea of their own. Surely in this situation like in a boxing match. You can either go all out for a knockout or soak up punishment and then counter.

karen gorrigan
1 March 2013, 7.59pm

I have been fascinated with

I have been fascinated with Waterloo for over 40 years and as it's the only battle that I have in depth knowledge about I have to say that Waterloo was the greatest battle. I do wish though that voters would get their facts straight. The Congress of Vienna was not as a result of the battle of Waterloo; it was during the Congress that news of Napoleon's escape from Elba became known and 'Ney' was not Napoleons chief of staff. Marshall Soult was.

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