Bi-centenary year – 2015. Battle of Waterloo

OK, so this year it might be 100 years since the bungled military campaign at Gallipoli, but it is 200 years since a much more successful battle in Europe – at least for Britain and Prussia, that is WATERLOO.

 June 18th 1815, was the date for the Battle of Waterloo, which finally put an end to Napoleon’s overly grandiose ambitions to rule the world.

I have an ancestor who was in the Prussian army; he was a Grenadier in the Kaiser Alexander regiment, up to at least 1819.  I believe these were involved in Waterloo although I don’t know if he was actually at the battle or not.  Presumably he was involved in some of the Napoleonic battles.

This was Carl Gottlob Schäche who was the one who emigrated from Silesia (which was part of Prussia at the time) to South Australia in another very significant year for Prussia, 1848.  His marriage record states that he was a Grenadier in the regiment.

The family stories are that he left Silesia, and Europe, so his sons did not have to do military service.  Ha ha.  Sounds like he learnt a lot from his experiences.

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