Llanelli and the Battle of Waterloo
As this is the bicentennial year of the Battle of Waterloo, members of Llanelli Community Heritage are planning to commemorate the event with a number of articles about this great battle that shaped Europe. We already have an article about Trooper Mainwaring from Felinfoel, who was awarded the Waterloo Medal and we now have a soldier by the name John Richards (c1792-1856) who came from Pwll and Pembrey.Initial searches indicate that he may have served in the 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment, and was at the battle of Waterloo. In his later years he was an agricultural labourer, a letter carrier and a Chelsea Out Pensioner. Between 1841 – 1851 he lived with his wife Mary, at Pit Hill House and Furnace Row at Pwll and Pembrey. It appears he may have served at the battle under one of Wellington's top Generals, Sir Thomas Picton GCB.
Llanelli Community Heritage are researching a number of other local men who may have served at the Battle of Waterloo and will update our site as and when the information becomes available.
If any of our readers are aware of other Llanelli Waterloo soldiers we would be very pleased to hear from you.