Military Veterans Uncover Remains Of Soldier Who Fell During The Battle Of Waterloo

Military Veterans Uncover Remains Of Soldier Who Fell During The Battle Of Waterloo. A group of military veterans working alongside archaeologists on the Waterloo battlefield have discovered a rare complete skeleton, thought to be a soldier who fell in the field more than 200 years ago. As many as 20,000 men fell on a single day in June 1815 as the Duke of Wellington’s victory over France’s Emperor Napoleon ended the latter’s reign and made the modern world. However, for more than 200 years what happened to the remains of those who died in the battle has largely stayed a mystery, as at the time care wasn’t taken to respectfully dispose of the dead with some casualties’ remains believed to have been used as fertiliser. This year’s dig, which ended on 16 July 2022, made the significant find on the site of Wellington’s field hospital at Mont-Saint-Jean. They excavated the intact skeleton of a soldier, lying amid ammunition boxes, medical waste and the bones of legs and arms amputated by surgeons in their struggle to save the wounded. The dig has uncovered other, poignant evidence of the scale of the climactic Napoleonic battle in the form of a number of horse bones, evidence of the several thousand horses killed during the battle’s cavalry charges . This year, Waterloo Uncovered's excavations supported a new group of 20 veterans and serving personnel from four countries who were also visited by the historical author Ken Follett.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting