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

Duke of Wellington

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".

Master-General of the Ordnance 1819–1827.

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.

Wellington is seen by many as a colonial adventurer in India who, as prime minister, oversaw Britain’s brutal colonial policy around the world.

Something about Wellington inspired huge monuments to him: the equestrian statue erected on the Wellington Arch but moved to Aldershot is 30 feet (9 m) high; the Achilles statue is 36 feet (11 m, from ground to top of head; the Wellington Monument in Dublin is the largest obelisk in Europe at a stunning 203 ft (62 m).

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Duke of Wellington

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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

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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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