Muskets and medals

Our student journalists Lawrence Houghton, Year 7, and Zaneta Rykowska, Year 10, paid a visit to the Beyond A Level History PDA session recently and got to see some real artefacts from The Battle Of Waterloo.




Paul Brunyee from the Waterloo Association came in to talk to the beyond A level history PDA session. He brought in a musket, medals, certificates and photos. The students were fascinated to see real artefacts from the battle.




The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18th June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

The Duke of Wellington, with his British allied army, and Napoleon with his French imperial guard stood face to face on the battlefield.

The British defeated him at Trafalgar in 1805, but Napoleon went on to invade countries across Europe before being forced to abdicate. …

The Duke of Wellington may have been British but the army he led into battle was a multi-national force. Heavy rain fell upon the region  around Waterloo on  the night before the battle.

Within hours of the battle’s end, locals used pliers as well as small hammers and chisels to remove the front teeth from tens of thousands of soldiers lying dead on the battlefield. It was a gruesome end.

By Lawrence Houghton, Year 7, and Zaneta Rykowska, Year 10


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