The Duke of Wellington’s heroes finally win Waterloo memorial on Belgian battlefield – 100 years after the French placed one. It was, perhaps, Britain’s greatest military victory – the ferocious confrontation that finally ended the tyrannical reign of Napoleon Bonaparte.Yet 200 years after the Battle of Waterloo, astonishingly there is still no memorial on the site to commemorate the remarkable bravery of the British troops who fought and died there – although there is a memorial to the defeated French. Now that injustice is finally about to be righted. A monument designed by sculptress Vivien Mallock will be opened on the battlefield in Belgium next year.The work will feature two British soldiers and quotes from the Duke of Wellington, who led the British forces, one reading ‘Next to a battle lost the greatest misery is a battle gained’, the other saying, ‘Never was a place more fiercely assaulted nor better defended’. Standing just over 6ft high, the memorial commemorates the moment when a predominantly British contingent of 4,000 soldiers defended the pivotal location of Hougoumont Farm and its surroundings from a vastly superior French force.The lack of an official memorial for British troops has been a sore point for decades and has fuelled speculation that successive British governments and the Belgium authorities have been reluctant to push the issue for fear of upsetting the French. By contrast, the French have had a memorial on the site (above) called The Wounded Eagle, since 1904.
‘Old Nosey’ the ‘Iron Duke’ can stop turning in his grave at the slight cast upon the Coldstream Guards. And about bloody time too – 200 years indeed! Yours Aye.