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

Why this Group?

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 paul.lseaton@gmail.com

Recent Comments

I am very interested to know if while you were searching for the men of Earl Shilton at Waterloo if you came across any men from Hinckley, would be great to find out. - Graham, 1 Aug 2014

My maternal grandmother, Fanny Raven, was born and died in Earl Shilton. Her direct ancestor was Jaques Raven, born in 1785 in Earl Shilton, married Elizabeth Cosby, died between 1833 and 1841. He fought at the Battle of Waterloo, and was no.5 on the list of men who died, deserted or were discharged (he was discharged) from Major E.C.Whinyates’ Rocket Troop, Royal Horse Artillery. He was a regular soldier before that. I don’t have the full list; there may be others from the village on it. - Ann Olive, 20 Sep 2014

I was amazed on reading your article in the Hinckley times of your great,great, great grandfather Jacques Raven being at Waterloo as my great, great, great grandfather was also Jacques Raven. My grandfather was Arthur Raven, your grandmothers brother. Only recently started doing my family tree but did not know Jacques Raven fought at the battle of Waterloo. Thank you so much for sharing this information. - Ann Jephcote, 20 Jan 2015

I was delighted to read Ann Jephcote’s comment on Jacques Raven. I remember my mother and maternal aunt talking about their Uncle Arthur. I would be happy to contact Ann via email and share family history information. I have been in contact with Paul Seaton for some time, and he has my email address. - Ann Olive, 06 Feb 2015

William RAVEN (b 1818, the son of William Jaques RAVEN) married Sarah SWINFIELD my 3 x great aunt See link for more about William and Sarah (it’s just been posted, Apr 2015) See link for more about William and Sarah, (it’s just been posted, Apr 2015) - Sandra Bates, 28 Apr 2015

From Ann Olive (direct descendant of Jacques Raven, Waterloo soldier) I was very fascinated to read the information about Jacques Raven's son William ( b. c 1818); I had not previously known of his second marriage to Sarah Swinfield, probably as they did not always show up on the censuses as living in the same house. The link to Sarah's sister Jane was also very interesting. These family history researches give a real insight into the life of Earl Shilton village at that time; as was stated, one should not be too hasty to judge the actions of people from our 21st. century perspective - life was very hard then. My grandmother, Fanny Raven, talked a lot about thedifficult life her mother had had (Dinah Raven, daughter-in law of William Raven), and Fanny (died 1966) still harboured a terrible fear of the workhouse. - Ann Olive, 17 May 2015

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[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 coe@cchristine6.orangehome.co.uk 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.