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Waterloo 200 Anniversary Anecdotes

  • Dear Friends/Family, I would like to share an anecdote about Waterloo 200 with you from the $bookTitle$ book. To view the page please click on the following link: $findContributionLink$, add your own anecdote and share it with others. Waterloo 200 https://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/Waterloo/Contributions/Find/WaterlooAnecdotes/margarettaylor
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    Margaret Taylor

    | 9 Mar 2015

     

    I don’t have a descendent who fought on the battlefield, but I have an ancestor who saw Napoleon: My great grandmother, Ada Letherby (nee Spurrell)’s grandmother was taken, as a small child out on a boat to see Napolean on the Bellerophon, at Plymouth Sound (26 July – 4 August 1815). I do not know whether the lady in question was a ‘Spurrell’ grandmother (paternal), or a ‘Bishop’ grandmother (maternal). Margaret Taylor

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Waterloo 200 Anniversary Anecdotes

  • Dear Friends/Family, I would like to share an anecdote about Waterloo 200 with you from the $bookTitle$ book. To view the page please click on the following link: $findContributionLink$, add your own anecdote and share it with others. Waterloo 200 https://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/Waterloo/Contributions/Find/WaterlooAnecdotes/johnfox
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    John Fox

    | 9 Mar 2015

     

    I grew up in Rochdale Lancashire. b. 1942. People would bring my father pieces of history for safekeeping as they got older, rather than throw them away. An elderly man came one afternoon, wore his cap in the house all the time and gave my father a curved sabre which he said had been his grandfather's at Waterloo. The brass hilt guard was broken, it lacked a scabbard and the wooded grip was worm-holed, but finely polished. Years later my father sawed off all but 6 inches of the blade for fear of burglars arming themselves. I still have the hilt and 6" blade. It bears the finely scratched initials 'KE' under the hilt guard. I have a childish foggy memory of the name 'Entwistle', but that may be a child's simplistic adopting of a well known local name. We marvelled at hearing of Waterloo just second-hand. I should warn that the 'Peterloo' massacre by Militia cavalry armed with similar sabres took place in nearby Manchester. The man with the cap may have confused the two as well. The sabre is definitely 1794 pattern issue. John Fox

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