This page is still under construction.
Our next powerpoint presentations are:
Tuesday 12th May 2015
Loughborough Branch LRFHS,
Tuesday 2nd June 2015
Broughton Astley Heritage Society
Thursday 4th June 2015
Burbage Heritage Group
Tuesday 16th June 2015
Hinckley U3A 2pm George Ward Centre, Barwell.
As well as discussing the story of the Waterloo men and Almey family, the aim of this book is to give the reader an idea of what was happening in Earl Shilton in the late 18th and early 19th century. As you read through this book you will come across many local names. Some of these people may be your ancestors, and if they are, we hope it will encourage you to do further research yourself. There are many previously unpublished images from 18th and 19th century newspapers relating to Earl Shilton, within these are clues to village life at the time. And new information about Earl Shilton workhouse prior to the formation of the Hinckley Union
The Battle of Waterloo, which took place in Belgium on June 18, 1815, marked the final defeat of French military leader and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), who conquered much of continental Europe in the early 19th century. Napoleon rose through the ranks of the French army during the French Revolution (1789-1799), seized control of the French government in 1799 and became emperor in 1804. Through a series of wars, he expanded his empire across western and central Europe. However, a disastrous invasion of Russia in 1812, coupled with other defeats, led to his abdication and exile in 1814. He returned to France in 1815 and briefly resumed power. The Battle of Waterloo, in which Napoleon’s forces were defeated by the British and Prussians, signaled the end of his reign and the end of France’s domination in Europe. After Waterloo, Napoleon abdicated and later died in exile. - More detailed information
This group has been formed to help educate and celebrate with the local community the forthcoming 200th anniversary of Waterloo. There were at least five men from Earl Shilton, three from the Almey family and two from the Chapman family at Waterloo. The Almeys took part in a crucial part of the battle and the troop they were in is well documented, and is celebrated with a monument on the battle field of Waterloo. This recent historical discovery is a story of true local heroes that has never been told before and is one that we want to share with the community, and ensure that it is documented for future generations to enjoy. One aim of the society is to commemorate the men of Earl Shilton who fought at the Battle of Waterloo on the 200th anniversary in 2015. If enough people are interested then we will ratify a constitution and set out the objectives of the project and how best to achieve these. If you are interested please ring Paul Seaton on 07969 387 914, if unanswered please leave a message. Or email Paul on email@example.com
[21 Jan 2015]
Paul Seaton, [Chairman]
Work is progressing on all our projects, the blue plaque, commemorative stone (now on order), oral history recording (now in the can), book (well under way) and arrangements for a Napoleonic day/weekend (now booked).
Last week myself and Mandy Chesterton, both descendants of Bombardier Nathaniel Almey, spent a day at Salisbury Plain. We had been invited to watch an original Waterloo cannon being fired. We spent the whole day being filmed for a documentary entitled Sean Beans Waterloo being made by Wavelength Films for broadcast on the History Channel in June of this year. I hasten to add, we did not meet Mr Bean (Sharpe in the TV series), he is being filmed at Waterloo. We got to talk about the Almeys of Earl Shilton and Waterloo, so hopefully subject to editing, we might be in it!Closer to home, Dave Andrews of BBC Radio Leicester has kindly invited me onto his Talking History programme on Sunday 25th January, the programme airs between 1pm and 2pm, I look forward to having a brief chat with Dave.
[28 March 2015]
Chris Coe, [Treasurer]
I am pleased that both Ann Olive and Ann Jephcote have posted on this page.
I’m the treasurer of the Earl Shilton to Waterloo Historical Group and have been in contact with Ann Olive on this subject already. We are currently inviting descendants of all of the Earl Shilton Waterloo men to a memorial service we are organising at St Simon & St Jude Parish Church at 10.45 on 14th June 2015. After the service the monument to these men, which will be in Hall Field adjacent to the church, will be unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton.
We already have several Almeys and Raven descendants planning to attend, and although we know that Ann Olive will be unable to be present we are hoping that as many descendants as possible will be able to come. It will be an “All Age Service” and therefore should be an enjoyable experience. If anyone out there thinks that they may be a descendant of Samuel, Nathaniel or George Almey, Thomas or George Chapmen, or Jacques (Jakes) Raven please do contact us. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can ring me on 07879564539.
I remember Ann (Raven) Jephcote because we were brought up in the same area of Earl Shilton, my maiden name was Taylor.
[19 April 2015]
Paul Seaton, [Chairman]
The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo will soon be upon us, and we are very busy making arrangements for our events.
The foundations for the commemorative stone have now been laid, so we are now looking forward to the church service and unveiling of the stone on Sunday 14th June at St Simon and St Jude, Earl Shilton.
We now appear online on the Waterloo200 online book for descendants of Waterloo men.
Our double CD oral history recording "From Earl Shilton to Waterloo" is now available at £5.00 each plus postage. From the 1st of May our book of the same name will be available, also at £5.00 plus postage. Please email me if you would like to order.
We currently have an exhibition at Hinckley museum that will run until October. The exhibition features Earl Shilton's and Hinckley's Waterloo men, do please try and show your support to the museum.