Waterloo 200 Announces Unveiling of UK’s First Ever Memorial to Allied Soldiers Who Fell at Battle of Waterloo

LONDON--()--The Battle of Waterloo ended 20 years of conflict in Europe that led to 50 years of peace and stability – and yet there has never been a war memorial in the UK dedicated to the 24,000 soldiers of the Allied Armies who were injured, went missing or died on that historic day on 18th June 1815. As part of the commemorations around the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, a new landmark war memorial - the Waterloo Memorial – is being created in their honour at Waterloo Station.

“We are honoured to be playing a role in making this happen in time for the bicentenary. The Campaign Medal we have recreated is a work of great craftsmanship and beauty which befits a memorial of this importance.”

The Waterloo Memorial is the joint brain-child of The London Mint Office and Waterloo-based artist Jason Brooks, with the London Mint Office funding the installation on behalf of Waterloo 200, the government-backed organisation overseeing the commemorations of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Made in solid bronze it depicts Nike, the Greek Goddess of Victory. At sixty-five centimetres in diameter, it is one of the biggest medals in the world.

The unveiling ceremony will take place at Midday on Wednesday 10th June at Waterloo Station, when the 9th Duke of Wellington will reveal the Waterloo Memorial to the nation. Representatives from amongst Waterloo soldiers’ descendants are attending this event in recognition of their ancestors’ sacrifices.

James Deeny, Managing Director at The London Mint Office, says, “We are honoured to be playing a role in making this happen in time for the bicentenary. The Campaign Medal we have recreated is a work of great craftsmanship and beauty which befits a memorial of this importance.”

Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter, co-Chairman of Waterloo 200, comments, “With the 200th anniversary of the Battle this year, it seems only right that these brave soldiers should be commemorated. Not only that, it is at a place that will forever be linked in people’s minds to the Battle – Waterloo Station – to ensure that they will never be forgotten.”

As part of the Battle commemorations, Waterloo 200, The London Mint Office and Worcestershire Medal Service are giving away 500,000 free bronze Waterloo Campaign medals to the UK as part of the bicentenary commemorations. The medals are available here and limited to one per household.

Contacts

Loudmouth PR for Waterloo 200
Clare Johnson
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clarej@loudmouthpr.co.uk