Veteran soldier who fought at Waterloo remembered in Pirton ceremony 200 years on
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A headstone has been unveiled in honour of a Waterloo veteran who fought in the famous Belgian battle 200 years ago.
Around 100 people gathered at St Mary’s Church in Pirton on Thursday, June 18, the same day Trooper George Arnold was fighting for the 16th Light Dragoons calvary regiment in 1815.
Trooper Arnold was buried in the church with a headstone bearing his name after readers of The Times heard about his story prior to his death in February 1869 and sent in donations.
The Pirton vicar of the time, the Rev R. Lindsay Loughborough, brought the story to the public’s attention, and the fundraising effort for a new headstone has been replicated 200 years on with the help of Stevenage-based military tour company Battle Honours.
Last week’s rededication ceremony saw villagers, those interested in miliary history and serving and ex-personnel from the Royal Anglian Regiment come together to remember Trooper Arnold, who prior to Waterloo fought throughout the entire Peninsula War of 1807-1814.
Pirton vicar Rev James Robertson and Dan Hill, a military historian with Battle Honours, led the tributes.
Afterwards, Dan said: “It was a brilliant day. It was humbling to see so many people take time out of their day to honour Trooper George Arnold, albeit 200 years after he was last in battle.
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“It was an incredible experience and a pleasure to be involved in remembering a local man who fought in one of the most pivotal battles in British military history.”