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This exhibition is running during the following dates: 21 June – 26 Sept
For the first time in 200 years a Napoleonic Eagle captured on the battlefield at Waterloo is being reunited with the medal of the man who won it.
The eagle is landing
This summer the Waterloo Medal of Serjeant Francis Styles of the Royals (1st Dragoons) will be displayed at the Household Cavalry Museum together with the actual Eagle of the 105e Regiment d’Infanterie de Ligne that he captured during that fateful battle.
At 2pm on 18th June 1815 Serjeant Francis Styles charged with Wellington’s Heavy Cavalry against the massed ranks of French infantry who were attacking the allied position. Styles and his Squadron Leader, Captain Alexander Kennedy Clarke, found themselves in the midst of desperate fighting where they seized one of the two Eagles captured at Waterloo, writing their names into legend.
Styles’s medal was lost to the Regiment after his early death in 1828, when it disappeared from the record until 2020. Last year it reappeared on eBay for sale by a vendor in the United States. Luckily this was spotted by CoH Richard Hendy and flagged to the Museum who purchased it with the support of numerous kind donations from across the Regimental Family.
In June 2021, thanks to the generosity of the National Army Museum, the Eagle so iconic to members of the Blues and Royals today will be reunited with the medal of a man whose memory should shine brighter in our Regiment’s history. On reopening this summer, the Museum will remedy this by putting on a programme of activity around Styles, his Eagle and the heroes of Waterloo he rode with.
This will include special Waterloo walking tours, activity trails and special events. Featuring the long lost Waterloo Medal of Sjt Francis Styles, a new exhibition trail will explore the courage, carnage and controversies of Wellington’s cavalry at the battle that secured almost a century of peace in Europe.
CoH Hendy’s discovery couldn’t have come at a better time. The Museum has been hit hard by the successive lockdowns and having the medal join our collection, with the loan of the 105 Eagle, will hopefully draw visitors back to Horse Guards once more. The story of Styles is an epic one and I know the Museum will do him justice this summer through an engaging programme and with a plaque unveiling at the church he was buried at in Clerkenwell. I encourage our wider Regimental family of all ages to get involved, visit the Museum or follow the Museum on social media to show your support in these difficult times.
Colonel (retd) James Gaselee LG, the Museum Chairman
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40th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War
Two troops from B Squadron, The Blues and Royals were sent with the Task Force. The vehicles – combat vehicle reconnaissance (tracked) or CVR(T) – were transported aboard the M/V Elk while their crews sailed on the SS Canberra.
Support the Household Cavalry Museum
The Museum will reopen fully with the Styles story from 21st June and looks forward to your support. As well as preserving over 350 years of heritage, profits from the Museum contribute to the Household Cavalry Foundation each year and go towards supporting Household Cavalrymen past and present.
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