The Lion Hamlet, A History in Postcards

This article was kindly published in the Waterloo Journal Vol.39 No.1 Spring 2017. Standing proud, disdainfully facing the French border, overlooking the ‘mournful plain’ described by Victor Hugo, the imposition of Le Monument may well have “ruined” Wellington’s battlefield by removing much of the escarpment. Yet this mighty mound, and the community …

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Mercer’s Tour of Ghent

Mercer dedicated an entire chapter of his famous Journal of the Waterloo Campaign to Ghent. Yet most of us omit Ghent from a trip to Belgium. Waterloo (of course), Brussels the busy architectural capital, and the compact stunning medieval beauty that is Bruges are the main stopping points. Yet Ghent is easy to find, standing …

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Hougoumont, A History in Postcards

This article was kindly published in the Waterloo Journal Vol.38 No.4 Winter 2016. Hougoumont, Hougomont, Goumont, Gomont. This multi-named, tight-knit assemblage of château, home, farm, chapel, woodland, orchards, gardens, walls, hedges and gates, ditches and lanes has impressed itself upon our psyche as a stoically defended killing ground of huge international …

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New Mercer Portrait

This needs few words: Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada/James Pattison Cockburn collection/c012624 For decades it was believed that the black and white head and shoulders portrait was the only image that existed of Mercer. Now here he is, painted by a fellow artillery officer in 1828. He looks quite a dandy! …

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Mercer Returns!

Glorious news! On 10th June 2015 Mercer returned, or more properly his gravestones returned, to St David’s, Exeter. The stonemason team from Williams & Triggs have achieved wonders, and these images record the exciting sequence of events: A few weeks before, armed with all the certificates and permissions we needed, a …

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Waterloo Book Reviews

For novice, or for expert, how do you select a Waterloo book? There are thousands to choose from, and the confusion mounts with a constant wave of fresh titles. I have huge respect for anyone who has actually completed a book. I try to read all new Waterloo titles in a quest for fresh angles and …

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