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Duke of Wellington

Person  Male  Born 1/5/1769  Died 14/9/1852

Born Arthur Wesley (later Wellesley) in Dublin to Irish parents. After the Battle of Waterloo in which 60,000 died Wellington wrote to a friend "Next to a battle lost, the greatest misery is a battle gained". His view of the ordinary soldier: "the scum of the earth".

Odd fact: As Constable of the Tower of London (1826-52) it was Wellington who, in 1832, moved the troublesome wild animals out of the Tower to Regents Park to join the other creatures in the newly formed Zoological Society of London.

Died at home in Kent. His funeral was quite something - see the London Historians' post.

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Achilles statue

Modelled on the statue of Dioscuri in Rome. A gay friend of ours is fond of ...

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Battle of Waterloo

The Fitzwilliam Museum has a page showing an original medal and: "The victory...

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Cadiz Memorial

On their withdrawal the French deliberately destroyed their cannons. The Spa...

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Duke of Wellington statue - EC2

Unveiled in Wellington's presence, this is one of only a handful of statues i...

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Duke of Wellington statue - SW1

Statue unveiled by the Prince of Wales. The figures of the soldiers were cast...

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