Date added: 6 May 2015
General Sir James Charles Chatterton was born in 1794 and entered the British Army in 1809 as a cornet (the fifth grade of commissioned officer in a cavalry group who carried the colours).
He served in the Peninsular War, at the Battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo and in France during the advance on Paris.
Chatterton bore a banner at the Duke of Wellington’s funeral, having risen to the rank of General. He commanded the 4th Dragoon Guards from 1831 to 1848 and was Colonel of the regiment from November 22nd 1868 until his death in January 1874.
He is buried in Plot 40, Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey. A window in St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork was erected in his memory by the Freemasons of the Province of Munster.
Date added: 17 Jun 2015
The next challenge was to findthe tomb or headstone at nearby Brookwood CemeteryThe four Year 8 pupils assignedthe task of researching this Waterloo veteran were taken on a mission to searchfor the grave.
It turns out that Plot 40 is quite extensive. After spending some minutes searching, the students discovered General Chatterton’s grave hidden by rhododendron bushes! It was difficult to read the whole inscription but we managed to photograph the tomb. Being made of shap granite the tomb had resisted weathering very well indeed.