A Waterloo Link

Not the railway station named after the event, but the game-changing (modern parlance) battle that helped change the future of Europe. The battle of Waterloo, fought in Belgium in the early summer of 1815, signalled the military decline of France, highlighted a resurgent Germany (principally Prussia and Hanover) and was, arguably, a building block of the nascent Victorian British Empire.

10th Hussars Waterloo

Hanover House (www.hanoverhouse.org) has an indirect Waterloo link. One of the house’s occupants in the Victorian era, present during the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava in the Crimean war, had a father who, as a captain in the 10th Hussars, was Aide-de-Camp to Major General Vivian Hussey, commanding the 6th Light Brigade during the battle of Waterloo. He had had a distinguished career commanding cavalry regiments and a brigade during the campaign in the Peninsula in the years preceding Napoleon’s resurgence during 1815. Arthur Shakespear had family connections in and around Cheltenham, and many relatives lived in various houses in the town for about 80 years or so. The resident of 4 York Terrace (now Hanover House on St George’s Road) was Captain John Shakespear of the Royal Horse Artillery, born in Cambray Place, Cheltenham.

Arthur Shakespear 10th Hussars

Arthur Shakespear 10th Hussars

(c) Royal Institution of Cornwall; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Maj Gen Sir Richard Hussey Vivian

An additional ¬†Waterloo link is that a later resident of 4 York Terrace, the Irish Reverend Henry Holmes Joy, curate at St Mary’s Church (now Minster) lived in York Terrace from 1866 to 1869 before ¬†getting married from the house in 1869 and obtaining his own parish in Oxfordshire. He, it transpires, was a relative by marriage of Major General, later Lieutenant General, Sir Vivian Hussey – and so the two Waterloo connections come together in 4 York Terrace.

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