It's been a hard slog but we have just completed the research for our new page on the Search for the lost Waterloo Dead. Time has been well spent on reading through many eye witness accounts of the battlefield site written in the days following the battle and what was seen to happen to all the soldiers killed on that June day. Waterloo was the last major battle to take place before the invention of Photography with the Crimean war of 1855 having the honour of being the first; Accounts of the aftermath of Waterloo are very much drawn from written statements, letters and sketches the latter being published as engravings for public consumption. These are notoriously hard to take as fact as artists would certainly use artistic license in their compositions making locations difficult to substantiate. We have however managed to create two maps of both the battlefield itself and the battle fought around Hougoumont Farm where we have indicated the probable locations of burial sites. The Battle of Waterloo should never be forgotten both as an important European hinge pin for future events and for the massive loss of so many lives in just ten hours.
Steve is a retired photography teacher and now works as a military historian while living in East Sussex, England.