1815 - 2015
12.45pm Thursday 18th June Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.
"A Defining moment in European History"
Unveiling of Restored Headstone Plaques along with a Tour at the graves of Lieutenant Henry Quill, Lieutenant Theobald Butler, Captain Benjamin Walker Nicholson and Lieutenant William Talbot. Meeting at the Museum entrance, Glasnevin cemetery.
12.45: Gather at Museum and proceed to the grave of Theobald Butler
12.50: Welcome, John Green, Glasnevin Trust
13.00: Conor Dodd to lead group on tour of the restored headstones. Be 32 Garden, Ab 62 Garden, Ra 70 Garden, J35 Curran Square
13.25: Unveiling of the plaque on the grave of Henry Quill
This regiment had been stationed in Ireland for a period prior to the Peninsular War, in which they served from 1808. Approximately 40% of those in the regiment at Waterloo were from Ireland with 27 different counties represented.
They also fought at the Battle of Quatre Bras two days prior to waterloo on 16th June 1815. At the Battle of Waterloo itself they bore the brunt of the main French attacks but stood their ground against Napoleon's troops. At the end of the battle only 131 men of regiment were left standing. They suffered the greatest casualties of any regiment that day.
Lieutenant Henry Quill
Grave J 35 Curran Square
Henry Quill was a Lieutenant with the 32nd Foot at Waterloo. He had previously served at Salamanca during the Peninsular War. At the Siege of Burgos his leg was shattered and his left eye taken away by a musket ball. He was promoted as a Lieutenant in December 1812. During the Battle of Waterloo he was wounded twice, two musket balls hitting his chest. One of the balls fractured hi collarbone and the other penetrated his lung. The wounds he received understandably affected his health and he died on 26th March 1849 from the result of hemorrhage when the ball that had been lodged in his lung moved. It is remarkable to say there are two musket balls fired at Waterloo buried in the soil at Glasnevin with Henry Quill.
Lieutenant Theobald Butler
Grave Be 32 Garden
Served during the Peninsular Wars at Rolica, Vimiera, Coruna, Salamanca, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive and Orthes. Was a Lieutenant (promoted 28/4/1808) with the 32nd Foot as part of Captain Henry Ross Lewin's Company at Waterloo. His headstone mentions his part in the battle.
By the morning of the Battle of Waterloo the 30th Foot had already been fighting and marching for two days without food. During the battle they formed part of Halkett's Brigade and fought in the centre of field under Wellington's immediate eye. At 15.00 Napoleon launched an attack by 8,500 of his famous cavalry troops on the portion of the line held by the 30th Foot. The regiment formed the famous infantry square and repulsed eleven French charges over the course of two hours. A perfect square of men of the regiment were left dead and wounded by the end of the attack.
Captain Benjamin Walker Nicholson
Grave Ab 62 Garden
A Lieutenant during Waterloo in the 2nd Battalion 30th Foot, as part of Captain John Tongue's Company. He was promoted following the battle as a Captain on 20/7/1815 and had previously been promoted Lieutenant on 15/4/1805. Nicholson and his company were heavily involved in the Battle of Waterloo and his battalion had 50% casualties. Also buried in the grave is his wife, the inscription on the headstone gives an intriguing insight into her role in his military service.
"In memory of Maria, the affectionate wife of Capt. B. W. Nicholson Late 30th regt. Who died May 5th 1853. Aged 74 years. She accompanied him in his campaigns to the East Indies, Cape of Good Hope, St. Helena and was in Antwerp during the days of Waterloo where her husband was engaged."
Benjamin Walker Nicholson died in March 1858 aged 78.
27th Foot (Inniskillings)
Despite the widespread participation of Irish men in the battle as part of other regiments the 27th Foot (Inniskillings) were the only unit fully recognised as Irish to take part at Waterloo. The regiment suffered heavily during the battle, in particular after 18.30 in the evening, when the French unleashed cannon fire upon them at close range form La Haye Sainte farm while the Inniskillings were at the Ohain crossroads.
Lieutenant William Talbot
Grave Ra 70 Garden
William Talbot of Castle Talbot in Wexford was born in 1789. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in February 1808 and served with the 27th during the Peninsular War at Toulouse and Vittoria amongst other engagements being wounded twice. He was present at Waterloo with his regiment and escaped unscathed. He died in 1861.
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