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Waterloo hospital site to be dug up by team including UK veterans

Monday 24/June/2019 - 08:36 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
A group of 25 British and Dutch military veterans are to join the first excavation of the main field hospital established by the Duke of Wellington during the Battle of Waterloo، according to the Guardian.

The former soldiers، sailors and RAF personnel will work with archaeologists، led by Prof Tony Pollard of Glasgow University، to explore the farm buildings of Mont-St-Jean، where thousands of wounded soldiers received primitive first aid as shot and shell rained down on them.

The dig has been organised by Waterloo Uncovered، a charity founded by two Coldstream Guards officers، Charles Foinette and Mark Evans، who suffered from PTSD after a tour in Afghanistan.

The project seeks to combine world-class archeology with support for veterans. In 2015، the charity’s excavation of the battle site at Château d’Hougoumont، the farmhouse defended by the Coldstream Guards، discovered musket balls from some of the first shots exchanged between the French and allied troops and evidence of the close-quarters fighting.

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