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Postby John Waller » May 2nd, 2013, 10:41 am

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Re: Mystery of 200-year-old British soldier found in the dun

Postby 31st » May 2nd, 2013, 1:16 pm

Found that really interesting thanks. Does anyone happen to know where I could go to read more about this particular campaign in Holland? I am quite interested in it due to a family connection.
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Re: Mystery of 200-year-old British soldier found in the dun

Postby Banker » May 2nd, 2013, 11:53 pm

Thanks for posting. Very interesting and not something we hear of in our papers or the news over here

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Re: Mystery of 200-year-old British soldier found in the dun

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » May 3rd, 2013, 8:40 am

31st wrote:Does anyone happen to know where I could go to read more about this particular campaign in Holland? I am quite interested in it due to a family connection.


Google The Helder campaign 1799 and you'll find many useful links.

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Re: Mystery of 200-year-old British soldier found in the dun

Postby jf42 » May 3rd, 2013, 11:13 am

Intriguing. Especially in the light of our recent discussion at

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Interesting too that despite having narrowed down the search to two surnames, as they believe, the Regiment doubt they can get any further. To my surprise, I found the idea of scattering the soldier's ashes on Horse Guards a little macabre. In theory an appropriate place, perhaps, but being caught in the cleats of a Guardsman's boots is not my idea of resting in peace!
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Re: Mystery of 200-year-old British soldier found in the dun

Postby punchdrunk » May 3rd, 2013, 2:49 pm

The Guards chapel is 300 metres down the road from Horseguards, perhaps a more fitting ending could be accommodated there, instead of being trampled by hundreds of Guardsmen !!
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Re: Mystery of 200-year-old British soldier found in the dun

Postby Student of 1812 » May 6th, 2013, 6:31 am

Much better idea!
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Re: Mystery of 200-year-old British soldier found in the dun

Postby Mark » May 9th, 2013, 4:35 pm

I was surprised by the idea of scattering his ashes in this manner. There is a thread on Twitter amongst some of my followers who believe it is a fitting way to finally send this soldier off. Myself I am unsure as I feel he should be buried with a marked grave/memorial. That said if his regiment wants to scatter his ashes who am I to argue with that?

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Re: Mystery of 200-year-old British soldier found in the dun

Postby Banker » May 10th, 2013, 12:55 am

Mark, I agree with you. I would have a thought a final resting place, marked for future generation to remember is better than ashes in the wind and being forgotten again

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Re: Mystery of 200-year-old British soldier found in the dun

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » May 10th, 2013, 8:14 am

Is there a precedent for scattering ashes on Horse Guards Parade?

Considering where the bones were found, the artefacts found with them and the care that's been taken to repatriate the remains, placing them in the nearby chapel would be a good opportunity to provide a focal point for young people to consider the events of 200 years ago.

A cross that marks the spot where bones were found at Lochnagar Crater, on the Somme, has become the gathering place for school groups. School children in the past found it difficult to focus on the enormity of events a century ago but now sit mesmerised as their teacher brings the Great War down to one person, not much older than them.

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