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Souvenirs tell story of carnage.

Byline: Vikki White

THIS dramatic cannonball shaped hole in the breastplate of a French soldier (main picture, right) is among many items that bring the conflict vividly to life.

The 23-year-old Francois-Antoine Faveau was on the point of marrying when he was killed on the field.

His brother rode in his place during the battle.

Other objects also tell a poignant story.

THIS French military side drum which was used to communicate orders on the battlefield became a trophy of the British 2/30th regiment. They were in the centre of the Allied line and encountered Bonaparte's unit late on in the day.

A bloodstained glove and saw used by Wellington's personal surgeon Dr John Hume to amputate the Earl of Uxbridge's leg after he was hit by a case-shot. The procedure took place in Waterloo village, where the leg was afterwards displayed. He survived.

A MUSKET ball dented this George III Cartwheel penny and probably saved the life of an unknown infantryman. It is not known who the soldier was or what happened to him. Made in Birmingham, the coins were worth PS1.50 in today's money.

THIS jacket was worn at the battle by a Galloway Militiaman. It will go on display for the first time at the Dumfries Museum in Scotland next week. It was saved from a fragile state in a two-year conservation project.

THE eagle standard of the 45th French regiment. This was carried by Porte-Aigle Pierre Guillot at the battle and carried off as a trophy by Sargeant Charles Ewart. It can now be seen in Edinburgh Castle.

THIS is the field bugle that sounded the crucial cavalry charge of the Household and Union Brigades. Lord Uxbridge ordered his commanders, Generals Edward Somerset and William Ponsonby, to charge against the 16,000 strong French Infantry Corps of Count D'Erlon. Duty trumpeter of the day, 16-year-old John Edwards, sounded the call. And despite heavy losses to the Allies, the push saw Emperor Napoleon lose the initiative.

A SMALL piece of spine belonging to British Captain George Holmes, of the 27th Regiment who was struck by a lead ball on the day. His widow had the piece of damaged bone, along with the missile that killed her husband, removed, dried, varnished and set in engraved silver.

THE DUKE of Wellington's boots. Designed by himself, these were thought suitable for both the battlefield and as evening attire. After his victory at Waterloo they became hugely fashionable throughout London society. They are the precursor to the welly boots we wear today.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:May 31, 2015
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