Battle of Waterloo Veterans
The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, June 18 1815 near Waterloo in Belgium. There were extremely heavy casualties on both sides. Wellington said after the battle it had been 'a very close run thing'.
52,000 men from both sides were killed in a battle that lasted some 12 hours.
Seven of the survivors who fought with the 'Duke of Wellington' came to the Swan River Colony and settled with their families to make new and better lives for themselves.
On June 18th 2015 the Swan River Pioneers honoured those brave veterans at a Dinner at the Perth Parmelia Hilton celebrating 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo. Descendants from these families attended the Dinner.
Our Waterloo Veterans were:
Adams, William - Rifleman - 2/95th Rifle Brigade Regiment
Dawson, Sgt. Elijah - 2/95th Rifle Brigade Regiment
Edwards, Cpl William - 2/95th Rifle Brigade Regiment
Goldsmith-Meares, Captain Richard - Second Life Guards
Molloy, Captain John - 2/95th Rifle Brigade Regiment
Shaw, Captain, William - Leicester Militia
Trimmer, Lieut. William - 17th Regiment of Foot