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 :
March 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Contributor(s) :
Gareth Glover
Series :
From Reason to Revolution
Illustration :
200 b/w ills, mostly original line drawings
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ISBN : 9781911628484
Pages : 264
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
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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 Cumplin is a retired surgeon who has made a special study of medicine in the Republican and Napoleonic Wars for over 30 years. His historical research has resulted in two books: A Surgical Artist at War (co-written with Peter Starling), a study of Sir Charles Bell’s illustrations of battle injuries from Corunna and Waterloo, and Men of Steel, a comprehensive account of military surgery in the Republican and Imperial French wars. He has lectured internationally, acted as an advisor for media programmes and films, including Master and Commander, and he is curator and archivist at the Royal College of Surgeons.

A former Royal Navy officer, Gareth has now published seventy books in his drive to bring a huge quantity of personal memoirs of Napoleonic soldiers lying in the archives into the public domain.

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