Veteran soldier who fought at Waterloo remembered in Pirton ceremony 200 years on

Lt Col Keith Spiers and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Paul Brenham, during the service for Trooper George A

Lt Col Keith Spiers and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Paul Brenham, during the service for Trooper George Arnold. - Credit: Archant

A headstone has been unveiled in honour of a Waterloo veteran who fought in the famous Belgian battle 200 years ago.

Rev James Robertson (far right) with Deputy Lord Lieutenant Paul Brenham and Lt Col Keith Spiers and

Rev James Robertson (far right) with Deputy Lord Lieutenant Paul Brenham and Lt Col Keith Spiers and - Credit: Archant

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.

Military history Dan Hill speaking during the service

Military history Dan Hill speaking during the service - Credit: Archant

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.”

Geoffrey Fisher and Richard Mott from the Stevenage branch of the Royal British Legion.

Geoffrey Fisher and Richard Mott from the Stevenage branch of the Royal British Legion. - Credit: Archant

Memorial for Waterloo Trooper George Arnold

Memorial for Waterloo Trooper George Arnold - Credit: Archant

Lt Col Keith Spiers and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Paul Brenham, unveil the memorial stone for Waterloo

Lt Col Keith Spiers and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Paul Brenham, unveil the memorial stone for Waterloo Trooper George Arnold - Credit: Archant

Rev James Robertson with Lt Col Keith Spiers and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Paul Brenham

Rev James Robertson with Lt Col Keith Spiers and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Paul Brenham - Credit: Archant

Trooper George Arnold's headstone, which is being replaced after becoming old and worn.

Trooper George Arnold's headstone, which is being replaced after becoming old and worn. - Credit: Archant

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