Category: history

Edwin Wesson target rifle used by Edwin J. Sta…

Edwin Wesson target rifle used by Edwin J. Stanclift, 8th Company, 1st Battalion New York Sharpshooters, American Civil War.

from The National Museum of American History

Ainu man, Japan, 1880’s

Ainu man, Japan, 1880’s

Why Technophobes Have Been Getting It Wrong Si…

Why Technophobes Have Been Getting It Wrong Since Gutenberg

Stone mace head, Salinar culture, northern coa…

Stone mace head, Salinar culture, northern coast of Peru, 2nd century BC – 2nd century AD.

from The Cleveland Museum of Art

Bronze sword, Northwest Persian, 2nd-1st mille…

Bronze sword, Northwest Persian, 2nd-1st millenium BC.

from Artemission.com Antiquities

Persian kandshar dagger with agate hilt, circa…

Persian kandshar dagger with agate hilt, circa 1900.

from Hermann Historica

paxvictoriana: Oldest Survivors of Waterloo: C…

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Oldest Survivors of Waterloo: Chelsea Pensioners, 1880

A photo taken at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in 1880 shows five of the last surviving Chelsea Pensioners to play a role at the Battle of Waterloo.

The 135 year-old photo, unearthed at the Royal Hospital and now on display at Windsor Castle, is annotated with the names of the veterans and details of their involvement in the campaign. These details have enabled archivists at the Royal Hospital to discover more about the lives of these last surviving soldiers, in the 200th anniversary year of the battle.

Included in the photo (and at 95 the eldest at the time of the photo) is Private John McKay, who took part in the historic battle aged 20 as part of the 42nd Regiment of Foot, which he had joined at just 15.  Private McKay would continue to serve with the 42nd where he was promoted to corporal in 1829 and medically discharged in 1837. Having served for over 26 years in the British Army, he moved to Royal Hospital Chelsea as a Chelsea Pensioner in 1877.

Other Chelsea Pensioners in the photo are Robert Norton of the 54th Regt (aged 90), Naish Hannay of the 7th Hussars (88), Benjamin Bumstead of the 73rd Regt (82) and Samson Webb of the 3rd Foot Guards (82).

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The Royal Hospital contains several artefacts from the Battle of 1815, including two howitzers and two cannons captured during the campaign, pictured [above].  It also has several pieces of Battle of Waterloo art, including a painting of the battle by 19th century artist George Jones.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, home to the Chelsea Pensioners (the name of the care home for retired British Army soldiers)

Sir Hiram Maxim and Sigmond Loewe demonstrate …

Sir Hiram Maxim and Sigmond Loewe demonstrate the effectiveness of the Maxim machine gun to a Chinese minister by shooting down a tree, 1896.

A set of etched half armor from Northern Italy…

A set of etched half armor from Northern Italy, late 16th century.

from The Minneapolis Institute of Art

Silver, gold, brass, and mother of pearl decor…

Silver, gold, brass, and mother of pearl decorated matchlock musket, Oman, late 18th or early 19th century.

from Thomas Delmar Ltd.