Saturday, 18 August 2018

A little bit of Waterloo in Woolwich

Now I wonder if Mr John Holliday spent his evenings telling friends about his part at the Battle of Waterloo.

I came across him purely by chance when I was researching something else, but his death was significant enough to have been recorded in the Manchester Guardian which recorded that he died “at his residence in St Mary-street, Woolwich on Thursday September 25th, aged 92 years.  

He served in the Royal Artillery during the war with the First Napoleon and was engaged with his battery on the field of Waterloo.”*

I know that he was in the detachment of Captain Hutchesson's Company and he was awarded the Waterloo medal.

And that for now is pretty much it.

He had been born in Norfolk in 1787 and by 1841 was living on Powis Street and worked as a bricklayer.

He was still there at number 14 Powis Street a decade later sharing his house with his son who was thirty and a Elizabeth Brown.

In time there might be more.

He is missing from the 1861 and 71 census and I know that in 1879 he was on St Mary-street.

So it is all still to play for.

Location; Waterloo & Woolwich

Pictures; The Battle of Waterloo: The British Squares Receiving the Charge of the French Cuirassiers, Henri Félix Emmanuel Philippoteaux, 1874 and The artillery in Battle of Waterloo June 18, 1815, George  Jones 1816 

*Manchester Guardian, September 30, 1879.


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