Waterloo - After the Glory

Hospital Sketches and Reports on the Wounded after the Battle

Michael Crumplin

This book reveals new and previously unseen data concerning the fate of hundreds of wounded soldiers after the Allied and French armies had quit the fields around Waterloo. Whilst there exist a number of anecdotal accounts of personal injuries after the battle and a few publications concerning wounds and frontline surgery during the Napoleonic wars
Date Published :
June 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Contributor(s) :
Gareth Glover
Series :
From Reason to Revolution
Illustration :
177 original b/w line drawings, 19 b/w ills, 23 b/w photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781911628484
Pages : 312
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
Stock Status : In stock
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781915070920
Pages : 314
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
Stock Status : Available


The Battle of Waterloo was one of the most horrific actions fought during the Napoleonic Wars. There have been several studies of battlefield injuries and the field care that casualties received during the campaign of June 1815. However, what happened to the many thousands of injured men left behind as the armies marched away is rarely discussed.

In June 1815, around 62,000 Allied and French wounded flooded into Brussels, Antwerp, and other towns and cities of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and swamped the medical services. These casualties were eventually cared for by a wide mix of medical personnel including hundreds of ‘Belgian’ surgeons, most of whom had trained in the French Service de Santé and who assisted in the dispersal, treatment, and rehabilitation of thousands of casualties after the battle.

New data concerning the fate of the thousands of Allied and some French casualties has emerged from the library of the University of Edinburgh. This has revealed a collection of over 170 wound sketches, detailed case reports, and the surgical results from five Brussels Hospitals. The sketches were carried out by Professor John Thomson, who held the first Regius Chair in Military Surgery appointed by the University of Edinburgh. Most accounts are of Allied wounded, but certainly not all. The accounts, drawings and surgical results dramatically alter our understanding of the management of military wounded in the Georgian army.

About The Author

Michael Crumplin is a retired consultant and general surgeon living in North Wales. Before and after retirement, he took an interest in the human aspects of conflict. He has written four books which focus on medicine and surgery, in both the Army and Royal Navy during the French wars (1792-1815). He has also written book chapters, many articles, and has, since 2000, delivered around 400 lectures. He was education lead for Waterloo200 and since 2015, with the generous support of a local businessman, has donated his medical collection and set up a unique museum of surgery in the farm used as the principal field hospital during the Battle of Waterloo at Mont St Jean.

Gareth Glover is a former Royal Navy officer and military historian who has made a special study of the Napoleonic Wars for the last 30 years.


"A fascinating, beautifully produced and graphically illustrated account of the military medical services  before, during and after the Battle of Waterloo..."

- The Military Historical Society Bulletin

"This book is a salutary reminder of a significant aspect of warfare that we should never forget…"

- Miniature Wargames

‘’This is an unusual book, dealing as it does with what happened to the wounded after the battle. It comes highly recommended. This is another high quality publication from Helion’s Reason to Revolution 1721-1815 series and a very valuable contribution to the body of knowledge about warfare in that period. It’s a superb reference book but also very readable so one to dip into and come back to.’’

- The Waterloo Association

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