Harborough-area Waterloo tales told in historian’s booklet

A booklet telling the tales of hundreds of Northamptonshire soldiers at the Battle of Waterloo has been released
A booklet telling the tales of hundreds of Northamptonshire soldiers at the Battle of Waterloo has been released

The stories of soldiers from Little Bowden, Desborough, Dingley and Marston Trussell whop fought at the Battle of Waterloo feature in a book which has taken 15 years to research and write.

Northampton historian Martin Aaron, a teaching fellow from University College London, has built up a database of 28,000 British combatants at the deciding battle of the Napoleonic Wars.

His first booklet is about the soldiers from Northamptonshire, Little Bowden was in the neighbouring county at the time of the battle, and the next will be about the soldiers of Leicestershire.

Martin said: “Using this data a number of guides focusing on Waterloo Men, county by county, will be published throughout 2015. Waterloo Men of Northamptonshire is the first of these and should be of great interest not only to people interested in military history but also to a much broader readership of genealogists, and local historians.”

Details of the database can be found here at www.waterloomen.org. Alternatively, email info@waterloomen.com for more information.

Other Harborough area villages covered by the book include Wilbarston, Weston by Welland, Welford, Spratton, Sibbertoft and Arthingworth.

Last Thursday (June 18) marked 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo was fought.